Roy Dowling (1901–1969) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian
Navy (RAN). He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1919
and was given command of the sloop HMAS Swan in 1937. During World
War II, he saw action in the Mediterranean aboard HMS Naiad (surviving
her sinking in 1942), served as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, and
commanded HMAS Hobart in the South West Pacific, earning the
Distinguished Service Order. Dowling took command of the RAN's first
aircraft carrier, HMAS Sydney, in 1948. He rose to become Chief of
Naval Staff (CNS), the RAN's highest-ranking position, from 1955 until
1959. As CNS he had to deal with shortages of money, manpower and
equipment, and with the increasing role of the United States in
Australia's defence planning at the expense of traditional ties with
Britain. Knighted in 1957, he served as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff
Committee from 1959 until 1961, when he retired. In 1963 he was
appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and became
Australian Secretary to HM Queen Elizabeth II, serving until his death
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