Commander Bruce Willington

Commander Bruce Willington was born in Canberra, ACT. After joining the RAN in 1988 he graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a BA (Management). He gained sea experience in HMA Ships Hobart (DDG), Tobruk (LSH), and Betano (LCH) before being awarded his watch-keeping certificate in HMAS Melbourne (FFG). Promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 he saw further service in Melbourne before commencing 167 Pilots’ Course in 1995.

Following award of his ‘Wings’ he qualified on AS350BA Squirrel and S-70B-2 Seahawk tactical helicopters before serving in HMAS Sydney and Melbourne Flights. He saw active service in East Timor during this period before specialising as a Qualified Flying Instructor on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He has since served as the Pilot Training Officer on Seahawks at 816 Squadron in Nowra, Senior Naval Officer and Flight Commander at the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth, and the RAN Advocate for Pilot and Aviation Warfare Officer Selection at the ADF Pilot Selection Agency.

Commander Willington assumed command of 723 Squadron on 8 December 2017, after holding the position of Project Director Maritime Aviation in Capability Development Group and as the transition leader for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System within Headquarters Fleet Air Arm.