Captain Justin Jones

CAPT Justin Jones

Captain Justin Jones, RAN was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School, joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1988 and is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and the Australian Command and Staff College. He holds a Masters in Management Studies, a Master of Arts (Strategy and Policy) and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. Captain Jones assumed command of HMAS Success on 17 October 2014.

Captain Jones is a Principal Warfare Officer with specialisations in surface warfare and advanced navigation. He has served in HMA Ships Brisbane, Success, Bunbury, Westralia, Hobart, Wollongong, Sydney, Arunta, Manoora and Parramatta; accumulating a significant amount of sea time as a watch keeper, navigator, warfare officer, operations officer and executive officer. His experiences include numerous deployments in Indo-Pacific Asia, ranging across maritime security and counter terrorism, peace monitoring, sovereignty protection, operations in the Middle East, and extensive engagement with navies throughout the region.

Captain Jones’s staff experience is diverse. He has served as an instructor at the Navigation Faculty of the RAN Surface Warfare School, on exchange with the Royal Navy as a Staff Warfare Officer within Flag Officer Sea Training in Plymouth, as Operations Officer to Commodore Flotillas/Commander Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (Maritime), and as Commander Fleet Plans within Fleet Headquarters where he was responsible for fleet operational planning, exercise management and operational level international engagement. In Canberra, Captain Jones has been Deputy Director Navy Experimentation in Navy Strategic Command, and Director/Chief of Staff, Force Structure Review within Strategy Executive. Most recently, he was Director of the Navy’s think tank, the Sea Power Centre – Australia from December 2011 to August 2014.

Captain Jones was awarded the 2006 Vice Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence for leadership, and is the inaugural recipient of this award.

Captain Jones had command of the upgraded guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle from December 2008 to July 2010. In 2009, the ship was awarded the coveted Duke of Gloucester Cup for overall efficiency, the Spada Shield for the surface combatant foremost in operations, the Australia Cup for marine engineering excellence and the Category 1 - Leadership and Injury Prevention Safety Award. In June 2010, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Newcastle became the first RAN warship to fire an SM2 missile at an air target. The same year the ship was awarded the Wormald Shield for combat survivability.

Captain Jones is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the London based Nautical Institute, a Member and Councilor of the Australian Naval Institute and a Member of the Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (Aus-CSCAP). He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Captain Jones was the inaugural Navy Fellow at the Lowy Institute in 2010, post command. In that capacity he was a contributing author of the major Lowy Institute MacArthur Foundation paper Crisis and Confidence: Major Powers and Maritime Security in Indo-Pacific Asia. He is also the editor of A Maritime School of Strategic Thought for Australia: Perspectives, published by the Sea Power Centre – Australia. Captain Jones is a PhD candidate in maritime strategy at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong.

Captain Jones is married to Terrie and they have two adult daughters at university. His extra curricular interests include reading, waterskiing, almost any team sport, musical theatre and playing the drums.