Commander Charles Bourne

Commander Bourne joined the Navy in 1994 as a Direct Entry Officer through the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell. After graduation, he conducted Seaman Officer training at HMAS Watson over the period 1994-95 which included postings to HMA Ships Kanimbla and Hobart.

On completion, Commander Bourne was posted to HMAS Brisbane where he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1996. During his time in Brisbane, CMDR Bourne also qualified as an Anti-Submarine and Surface Aircraft Controller (ASAC) and Air Intercept Controller (AIC).

After specialising as a Principal Warfare Officer (Air Warfare) in 2001, Commander Bourne served as PWO in HMA Ships Kanimbla, Darwin and Canberra. The highlight of his sea-going career to date is his posting in Kanimbla where he served as PWO during the second Gulf War in 2003.

Since that time he has served at sea as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Landing Craft HMAS Brunei 2005-06, Executive Officer HMAS Newcastle 2008-09 and assumed command of HMAS Melbourne in June 2016.

Commander Bourne’s shore appointments include roles as a navigation and warfare instructor at Watson, Head of Officer training at HMAS Creswell and a posting to the Capability Development Group in Canberra. Before assuming command, he was Director Navy Information Warfare (responsible for Navy electronic warfare, cyber, space and intelligence capabilities) 2011-14 and SO1 Above Water Warfare at the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre in Sydney in 2015.

Commander Bourne is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course and holds a Masters Degree in Strategy and Policy.