Commander Dugald Clelland

CMDR Dugald Clelland

Commander Clelland joined the ADF from Canberra in January 1994. Early sea postings included HMA Ships Bendigo, Brisbane, Benalla and Leeuwin, and a stint in the US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer USS Stethem. In July 2000 Lieutenant Clelland qualified as a Hydrographic Survey officer and subsequently served in HMA survey Ships Leeuwin, Melville and Benalla. 2003 to 2008 saw Lieutenant Clelland qualify both as a Principal Warfare Officer and a Mine Warfare Officer, achieve promotion to Lieutenant Commander, and serve in HMA Ships Newcastle, Diamantina, Stuart (twice) and Parramatta. Highlights include deployments to the Persian Gulf in the Middle East Area of Operations in 2003 (Newcastle) and 2008 (Stuart), and to Hawaii and the Western Pacific for the Rim of the Pacific Exercise in 2006.

From 2009-2010 Lieutenant Commander Clelland was privileged to command the Sydney based Mine Hunters HMA Ships Norman and Huon, during which time HMAS Huon was awarded the Rushcutter Shield Fleet Award, which is awarded annually to the best Mine Counter Measures unit in the Fleet. Attendance at the Australian Command and Staff College in Weston Creek in Canberra in 2011, followed by service in staff officer roles in Border Protection Command in Canberra and Fleet Headquarters in Sydney provided Lieutenant Commander Clelland invaluable staff officer training and experience. Promoted to Commander in January 2013, Commander Clelland assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School in January 2014.

In June 2016, Commander Clelland assumed command of the Anzac Class frigate HMAS Warramunga.

Commander Clelland holds a Masters Degree in Strategy and Policy from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong.