Admiral David Johnston Takes Command of Australian Defence Force,

Australia, Defence

In a ceremonial parade held in Canberra, the command of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been transferred from General Angus Campbell to Admiral David Johnston. General Campbell, who was appointed as the Chief of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018, successfully led the ADF’s operational emphasis towards the Indo-Pacific region and established relationships with regional partners to enhance Australia’s security cooperation.

Admiral Johnston, who previously served as the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, has a deep strategic awareness of national security challenges and brings extensive experience from senior operational roles within the Joint Force. “It has been well stated that we find ourselves in increasingly challenging strategic circumstances,” said Admiral Johnston. “This places a great responsibility on Defence to be ready to meet our nation’s security needs.”

Admiral Johnston further added, “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.” He concluded by stating that it is a great honour to serve the ADF and committing to giving his all as the Chief of the Defence Force.

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