Commander Andrew Fraser

Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN was raised in New South Wales/Victorian border city of Albury and spent the first five years of childhood in Suva, Fiji. He graduated from high school in 1985 and joined the Navy in 1987 via the Australian Defence Force Academy. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Management) at the University of New South Wales campus graduating in 1989.

Junior warfare officer training followed including sea postings in HMA Ships Jervis Bay, Parramatta and Launceston before achieving his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in the River Class Destroyer Escort HMAS Torrens (1992-1993). Commander Fraser then posted ashore as an instructor of Junior Warfare Officers at HMAS Watson (1993-1995).

Commander Fraser was posted to HMAS Tobruk (1995-1997) as an Officer of the Watch followed by Mine Warfare specialist training at HMAS Waterhen and staff roles before being appointed as Executive Officer in the Mine Hunter Inshore HMAS Shoalwater (1998-1999).

Further shore postings followed including Navy Staff Course at HMAS Penguin (2000) and the Mine Warfare Faculty at Waterhen (2001-2002) before returning to sea as the Executive Officer of the Mine Hunter Coastal HMAS Gascoyne (2003-2004). During this sea posting CMDR Fraser completed the Advanced Mine Warfare course in the United Kingdom and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) via distance education.

Commander Fraser then posted ashore into a Maritime Operations role within Fleet Headquarters where he managed the program and tasking of MCD assets. Following the tsunami off Indonesia on 26 December 2005, Commander Fraser was selected at short notice to join the US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as the USN/RAN liaison officer for the multi-national humanitarian and disaster relief operation. Although only for 30 days, spending time on this floating city and helping the people of Indonesia was a unique and challenging highlight of his career.

In 2006, Commander Fraser continued his strong association with HMAS Tobruk as Executive Officer. His tenure included operational deployments to Timor Leste (2006) and Kuwait (2007) before posting ashore as Staff Officer within the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Force at Waterhen (2008-2009). After completing an Op Relief back in Tobruk (2009), Commander Fraser was promoted to Commander and posted as Project Manager within the New Generation Navy (NGN) program (2009-2010) followed by another reform focused posting within Directorate of Navy Continuous Improvement (2011-2013).

Commander Fraser has since completed shore postings as the Deputy Director Individual Training in Training Force (2013-2015) and SO1 MCD Platforms in the MCD Group (2015-2016). He assumed command of HMAS Kuttabul 19 Sepember 2016.