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Vice Chief of the Defence Force RADM Ray Griggs addressed the 2014 Defence NAIDOC Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Indigenous Service Honoured

9 July: Vice Chief of the Defence Force VADM Ray Griggs addressed the 2014 Defence NAIDOC Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

The Ceremony acknowledged the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have served their country.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Serving Country – Centenary and Beyond highlighting the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the new Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

New Vice Chief Appointment

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN was appointed to be the Vice Chief of the Defence Force with effect 1 July 2014 for a four year term.

He was appointed by Commander in Chief of the Defence Force, the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd), acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council and under subsection 9AA(1) of the Defence Act 1903.

Vice Admiral Griggs was previously the Chief of the Navy and he succeeds Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC who has now been appointed Chief of the Defence Force.


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VCDF Group Mission: To develop, deliver, enable and ensure Defence Joint Capability in order to protect and advance Australia's national and strategic interests.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements.

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Who are the VCDF Group

The Group enables Defence to meet its objectives through the provision of military strategic effects and commitments advice and planning, joint military professional education and training, logistics support, health support, ADF cadet and reserve policy, joint capability coordination, preparedness management, and joint and combined ADF doctrine.

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