25 October 2012
The Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced today that Rear Admiral Jack Steer will be the new Chief of Navy.
Currently the Vice Chief of Defence Force, he will take up his new appointment on 1 December, replacing the current Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr.
Rear Admiral Steer has worked across the Defence Force as well as in key positions in the Navy. His strong leadership skills, honed during his career, are the key reason for his selection for this role. His wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise will ensure the New Zealand Navy remains at the forefront of regional maritime security and an integral component of the Future 35 Strategy.
Rear Admiral Jack Steer was born in Christchurch and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy on 3 January 1973 as a midshipman, specialising as a seaman officer.
He has held numerous roles during his career including Commander of the HMNZS WELLINGTON, which successfully contributed to the Multinational Interception Force operations in the Arabian Gulf, enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq.
He has also completed a number of training courses, and in 2002, he undertook the Defence and Strategic Studies course at CDSS, Canberra and gained his MA in Strategic Studies.
In 1995, he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He was appointed Chief of Staff at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand in January 2003 and on promotion to Commodore in April 2004 was appointed as Maritime Component Commander.
In January 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Navy. He took up the position as Commander Joint Forces New Zealand in May 2006 and was promoted to Rear Admiral.
In February 2008, he was appointed Vice Chief of Defence Force, a position he has held for the past four years.
"I would like to thank Rear Admiral Parr for his service as Chief of Navy. During his time he has overseen the successful introduction of the Protector fleet - a major enhancement of Navy capability. This capability has proved invaluable with Navy providing a significant level of support during the Christchurch earthquakes and the grounding of the MS Rena." says Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones.