Russell Harry Crane AM
is the current Chief
of the Royal Australian Navy
Russell Crane is the elder son of Harry & Nina Crane and older
brother of Terry Crane. He has no sisters.
Russell was brought up in Southport on the Gold Coast, Queensland,
During his early teenage years Russell was a cadet enlisted at Navy
Sea-Cadet unit "TS Tyalgum" at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
Russell began his naval career as a junior recruit at HMAS Leeuwin
Training as an Electrical Mechanic in aircraft communications, he
was posted aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne
Following selection for officer training in 1972, he began training
as a Seaman Officer serving in numerous RAN establishments and
ships, before receiving his commission.
He was appointed as Minehunting Control Officer in the minehunter
, in 1978 and
promoted to Lieutenant
during the same
In 1983 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander
and appointed in
command of Curlew
. He was later appointed as the executive
officer of the destroyer escort , then in 1988, promoted to
and posted to the Equipment
Acquisition Division in Navy Office Canberra.
In 1993 he was posted as the commanding officer aboard HMAS Derwent
, a destroyer
escort based in Western Australia.
He was promoted to Captain
January 1996 and appointed as the Chief Staff Officer Command and
Control, Communications and Intelligence in Maritime
Captain Crane assumed command of HMAS Success
on 24 November
1998. During his period in command Success
conducted a number of deployments to the South East Asia region
including, in September and October 1999, Operation Stabilise in
support of peacekeeping operations in East Timor.
Awarded the Conspicuous
in early 2000 for his time in command HMAS
, he was promoted to Commodore
in March 2000 and posted to
Australian Defence Headquarters in Canberra as the Director General
Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic
Promoted to Rear Admiral
in May 2004 he
served as Director General Coastwatch and the inaugural Commander
of the newly formed Joint Offshore Protection Command in January
Rear Admiral Crane became the Deputy Chief of Navy in June 2006,
and was awarded a Member of the Order of
in June 2007.
In March 2008, it was announced he would be promoted to Vice Admiral
and assume the
position of Chief of Navy
on 4 July 2008.
Honours and Awards
- Official Navy bio
- Defence Leaders' bio
- CN biography, accessed 2009-04-21
- It's an honour - Conspicuous Service Medal - 12
- It's an honour - Member of the Order of Australia -
11 June 2007
- New Defence leadership team announced