CDRE John Martin

CDRE John Martin will be the next Chief of Navy

Commodore John Martin (pictured) has been selected as the next chief of Navy, replacing Rear Admiral Jack Steer who will retire on 30 November. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee made the announcement on 1 September.

CDRE Martin joined the Royal NZ Navy as a radar plotter in 1979 and has had a wide variety of roles, including command of HMNZS TE KAHA from 2001 until August 2003. He is at present Assistant Chief Capability for the NZ Defence Force and prior to that he was Maritime Component Commander.

CDRE Martin says it’s an honour and privilege to be selected to lead the Navy. "As a maritime nation we depend on seaborne trade and so we send our ships far and wide to conduct missions from anti-piracy to fisheries protection. We do so in an environment uncompromising in its harshness, and it requires from us the highest levels of professionalism. Our sailors do a wonderful job and I look forward to working to ensure that they are part of a strong and capable unified Defence Force.

“The Navy also needs to get ready for the future because our operating environment is changing. Key to our future is the need to attract and train people from across our society, give them the ability to use equipment that is yet to be acquired, and empower them to defend New Zealand’s interests at sea,”  CDRE Martin said.

RADM Steer said CDRE Martin has a long and distinguished career and will bring many skills to the role, including leading our Navy towards Navy 2020 and the strategic goals it sets out and our 75th celebrations.

“As your Chief of Navy, I have been honoured and privileged to lead our Navy over the last three years and plan to make the most of these last few months. I wish John and his family the very best and congratulations again on being selected as our next Chief of Navy.”

Mr Brownlee said: “The role of a Service Chief in the NZDF is to raise, train and sustain their Service. It is a vital position, and underpins what both the Service and the Defence Force do for both government and the public of New Zealand.”
The change of command will take place in a ceremony at Devonport Naval Base on 30 November.


Navy Reading List 2015

Chief of Navy RADM Jack Steer has published the 2015 RNZN Reading List, a PDF document of book reviews of scores of books with a Navy flavour. It's essential reading for our ratings and officers but will be of wide interest to anyone with an interest in navies. CN wants to share it with you. “Reading is a pastime that is rapidly being relegated in our ever busy lives,” he writes in his introduction to the list. “Many of us have lost the art (and the joy) of simply curling up on a comfortable chair with a really good book.” Read the list at this link and seek out some of the books recommended there.

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