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Change of Command for the Chief of the Defence Force


Command of the Australian Defence Force has transferred from General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, to Admiral David Johnston, AC, RAN, at a ceremonial parade in Canberra.

General Campbell was appointed the Chief of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018. During his tenure, General Campbell led the shift in operational emphasis towards the Indo-Pacific region and built individual and institutional relationships to enhance Australia’s security cooperation with regional partners. General Campbell concludes his duties with the Australian Defence Force on 10 July 2024.

“It has been an honour and privilege to be the Chief of the Defence Force. But I am even more proud of Defence – who we are and what we are achieving,” said General Campbell.

“I wish to acknowledge the men and women of all ranks, musters and services who wear our nation’s uniform.

“Whether for a year or half a century, your service is deeply appreciated and of consequence to the future security, wellbeing and prosperity of Australia and its people.”

Admiral Johnston becomes the Chief of the Australian Defence Force at a pivotal time as the ADF delivers objectives of the National Defence Strategy and ensures ADF’s readiness now and into the future.

Admiral Johnston brings extensive experience from senior operational roles in the Joint Force as well as interagency appointments that have engaged the ADF at home and across the globe. As former Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Admiral Johnston holds deep strategic awareness of Australia’s national security challenges and the requirements to take the ADF forward.

“I pay tribute to General Campbell for his determined focus on building a better ADF, and his personal example and demonstration of leadership during a challenging period for the Australian Defence Force,” said Admiral Johnston.

“It has been well stated that we find ourselves in increasingly challenging strategic circumstances. This places a great responsibility on Defence to be ready to meet our nation’s security needs.This requires a force that is well equipped, trained, confident, strong and resilient.

“I recognise that the ADF workforce is my priority. I am very conscious of the responsibility I have to the extraordinary men and women serving in the ADF, our veterans, and the families who support us. It is a great honour to be in your service and I commit to giving you my all, every day, as your CDF.”


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