Tony Parr

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Anthony J. Parr

New Zealand RADM Tony Parr on historic Mount Victoria.jpg

Parr (left) with Admiral Thad Allen of the US Coast Guard in July 2009
Born (1955-08-04) 4 August 1955 (age 62)
Wellington, New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch Royal New Zealand Navy
Years of service 1980–2012
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Chief of Navy
HMNZS Waikato
HMNZS Pukaki
Awards Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Rear Admiral Anthony Jonathan Parr, ONZM, MVO (born 4 August 1955) was the Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy from April 2009 to November 2012. He was succeeded by Rear Admiral Jack Steer. [1]

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Early life

Parr was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He was raised in Fiji and attended New Plymouth Boys' High School as a boarder. He graduated from the University of Waikato in 1977 with a Bachelor of Social Science in politics and after completing the first year of a Bachelor of Law degree in 1979, he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in January 1980 in the rank of sub lieutenant.

Wellington Capital city in New Zealand

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New Plymouth Boys High School

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University of Waikato university in Hamilton, New Zealand

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During his naval career, Parr served aboard the ships HMNZS Taranaki, HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Wellington. He also served as the commanding officer of HMNZS Pukaki, HMNZS Waikato and HMNZS Te Mana.

HMNZS <i>Canterbury</i> (F421)

HMNZS Canterbury (F421) was one of two broad beam Leander-class frigates operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) from 1971 to 2005. She was built in Scotland and launched in 1970. Commissioned in 1971, Canterbury saw operational service in much of Australasia and other regions like the Persian Gulf. She undertook operations such as supporting UN sanctions against Iraq and peace-keeping in East Timor. With her sister ship HMNZS Waikato she relieved the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amazon in the Indian Ocean during the Falklands War. Early in HMNZS Canterbury's career she relieved the frigate HMNZS Otago at Moruroa during anti-nuclear protests, in 1973, F 421 being the most effectively insulated frigate, from nuclear fallout, with the Improved Broad Beam Leander steam plant, for e.g., being remote controlled and capable of unmanned operation and therefore the ship a more effective sealed citadel for operations in areas of nuclear explosions.

HMNZS <i>Wellington</i> (F69) Leander class frigate sunk as artificial reef off Wellington, New Zealand

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HMNZS Pukaki was a Lake-class inshore patrol vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Pukaki commissioned in 1975, deleted in 1991 and sold as a private launch.

Since leaving Te Mana, Parr served at HQ Joint Forces New Zealand, holding a number of senior positions in the RNZN.

In the 2012 New Year Honours, Parr was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State. [2]

The 2012 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by Elizabeth II in her right as Queen of New Zealand, on the advice of the New Zealand government, to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders, and to celebrate the passing of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. They were announced on 31 December 2011.

Dates of rank

Rank Date Role
CDR Nov 1995 Commanding Officer – HMNZS Waikato
CAPT 13 March 2002 Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel)
CDRE 30 November 2007 Deputy Chief of Navy
RADM 1 April 2009 Chief of Navy

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  1. "Chief of Navy". New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  2. "New Year honours list 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral David Ledson
Chief of Navy
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Jack Steer