Local navy men honoured with top positions

FORMER HMAS Albatross pilot Mark Binskin will become Chief of the Defence Force, while former commanding officer of HMAS Albatross, Tim Barratt, has been named Chief of Navy.

Air Marshal Mark Binskin AC will become Chief of the Defence Force when General David Hurley AC, DSC completes his tenure on July 3.

Air Marshal Binskin has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his current role as the Vice Chief of the Defence Force and previously as a former Chief of Air Force.

He has held a range of command positions and is a strong choice to guide the Australian Defence Force over the next four years as it winds down operations in Afghanistan and introduces a range of new military capabilities.

The government will also recommend the Governor-General appoint Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN as Vice Chief of the Defence Force and Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN as the incoming Chief of Navy. Both appointments will take effect on July 3.

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