Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston
Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston Rob Griffith

Newly knighted Sir Houston says, 'I'm still Angus'

AS Tony Abbott defended the Duke of Edinburgh's knighthood, Australia's other new knight revealed he was humbled and he would not change.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and Prince Philip were named knights of the Order of Australia - Australia's highest honour.

Mr Abbott rejected criticism across social media yesterday, saying Prince Philip deserved the award for his commitment to Australia.

"I look forward to more knights and dames in the Order of Australia in the years to come," he said.

Speaking about his knighthood, Sir Angus said: "I'm still Angus."

"It's a great honour to be recognised in this way but I'd like people to still call me Angus," he told ABC radio.

"I'd be very quick to say that it's the people that I've worked with that have delivered the outcomes that have been achieved through the years, that's been one of the great privileges that I've enjoyed - working with people in teams - and in recent times leading those teams to achieve what needs to be achieved."

A 40-year defence force veteran, Sir Angus rose to Air Force chief in 2001 and Defence Force chief in 2005.

He retired in 2011 and led Australia's response to the Malaysian aircraft tragedies last year.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said both men had made outstanding contributions to the country.

- APN NEWSDESK


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