Commander Barry Carmichael

CMDR Barry Carmichael

Growing up just miles from the Clyde Naval Base (Faslane), in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, Commander Barry Carmichael’s interest in submarines was cast at an early age. After emigrating to Australia in 1990 he left school in 1993 immediately commencing full-time employment before embarking on tertiary studies in 1999. As a graduate of the University of Newcastle, Carmichael entered the Royal Australian Navy in 2003.

On completion of initial officer training at HMAS Creswell he served in HMA Ships Parramatta, Fremantle and Warramunga before transitioning to submarine shore training in the middle of 2006.

With his first sea-posting to HMA Submarine Rankin, Carmichael was awarded his Submarine Sea Qualification or ‘Dolphins’ in July 2007 and has since gained invaluable experience working amongst the most professional of people in the most challenging of environments aboard all six of Australia’s Collins Class submarines.

Having gained his Submarine Warfare Officer’s qualification in 2009, Carmichael served as Watchleader in HMAS Farncomb, Collins and Dechaineux prior to joining the Submarine Sea-Training Unit in January 2012 providing him the perfect opportunity to consolidate his own skills through training others.

Having undertaken a deployment with the United States Navy Carmichael completed the Executive Officer (XO) Designate course in late 2012 joining HMAS Sheean post refit in Adelaide as XO for her re-entry into service. After more than 26 months as Sheean’s XO Carmichael was appointed as Acting Commanding Officer in December 2014 which proved to be challenging, rewarding and most beneficial in his preparation for the Dutch Submarine Command Course (Perisher) which he successfully completed along with the USN Submarine Command Course in 2016.

Commander Barry Carmichael assumed command of HMAS Farncomb on 8 December 2016.