Commander Adam Muckalt

CMDR Adam Muckalt

Born in McLaren Vale and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Commander Adam Muckalt joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1993 and attended the Australian Defence Force Academy for studies towards a Bachelor of Science. Graduating in 1995 with a major in Oceanography, he proceeded to sea for Warfare Officer application training in HMA Ships Mermaid, Moresby and Shepparton.

After a period of consolidation in HMAS Leeuwin, Commander Muckalt undertook specialist hydrographic survey training prior to assuming a position as the Staff Officer to the Hydrographer of Australia.

Returning to sea in 2000, Commander Muckalt assumed various positions including Officer In Charge Detached Survey Parties in Hydrographic Ship Blue Crew (HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville), Executive Officer HMAS Paluma and as the Survey Systems Manager in the RAN’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight based in Cairns. Commander Muckalt was posted as the Executive Officer in HMAS Ipswich undertaking border and fisheries protection prior to an operational deployment to Iraq in 2003 as the Staff Officer to the Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East. Commander Muckalt returned to Australia in January 2004 and assumed the position of Navigating Officer in HMAS Melville.

In 2005 Commander Muckalt undertook study in the UK on the Royal Navy Advanced Hydrographic Survey course where he graduated Dux. On completion Commander Muckalt commenced an exchange posting on promotion to Lieutenant Commander with the British Royal Navy as the Operations Officer in HMS Echo. During this posting, Echo saw operational service in the North Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea. Commander Muckalt returned to Australia in September 2007 and was posted to Headquarters, Joint Operations Command as a Regional Operations planner.

Commander Muckalt assumed command of HMAS Shepparton in December 2009. In January 2011, he led a maritime task unit responsible for surveying and clearing the shipping channels in Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River after the devastating floods for which he received a CJTF Commendation. During his time in Command Commander Muckalt conducted hydrographic surveys in the vicinity of Cairns, Brisbane, Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait.

Commander Muckalt attended the Singaporean Armed Forces ‘Goh Keng Swee’ Command and Staff Course in 2012 and was recognised as a Distinguished Graduate of the College, the first time this honour had been bestowed on a foreign officer.

Commander Muckalt deployed again to the Middle East Area of Operations during the first half of 2013 with the Singaporean-led Combined Task Force 151, undertaking duties as the N5 and lead planner responsible for counter-piracy operations afloat in the Arabian Sea and Somali Basin. Other postings in 2013-14 included the Principal Staff Officer to Head Navy Capability in Navy Strategic Command and Deputy Director Hydrographic Doctrine, Policy and Capability at the Australian Hydrographic Office.

Commander Muckalt assumed Command of HS Blue in Jun 2015, conducting surveys in the Inner Great Barrier Reef, Timor Sea and Bass Strait, with deployments stretching between the South China Sea and Port Adelaide.

Commander Muckalt is a passionate White Ribbon Ambassador and advocate for equity within the Defence Organisation. Professionally, he holds Australasian Certified Practising Hydrographic Surveyor level one accreditation, is an International Maritime Organisation/International Hydrographic Bureau-recognised Category A surveyor, and was awarded a Master of Science with Distinction by the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2007 for his independent research and thesis on the South East Asian Marine Electronic Highway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Commander Muckalt assumed the responsibilities as the Capability Manager’s Representative for the Australian Hydrographic Meteorologic and Oceanographic Group on 9 June 2017.