Chris Ritchie, Vice Admiral, Royal Australian Navy (Retd.)
Chris Ritchie retired from the Royal Australian Navy as the Chief of Navy in July 2005. In the course of his career, he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer and commanded three ships including HMAS Brisbane during the Gulf War of 1991.
He held appointments at flag rank as Maritime Commander, Head of Capability Systems, Deputy Chief of Navy, Commander Australian Theatre and Chief of Navy.
Since leaving the Navy, Vice Admiral Ritchie has maintained a strong interest and involvement in defence issues, Australian maritime history and the need for a robust Australian defence industry. He is currently National President of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia, chair of the Australian Defence College Advisory Board, chairman of ship builders ASC Pty Ltd, Chairman of Maritime Australia Limited and patron of the Naval Warfare Officer's Association and the Australasian Hydrographic Society. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong.
Chris Ritchie is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):