Commander Ian Campbell

CMDR Ian Campbell

Commander Campbell joined the RAN in 1996 as a Seaman Officer. After several years as a Seaman Officer including a year as the Executive Officer (XO) of HMAS Bunbury he transferred over to the legal branch.

As a Legal Officer Commander Campbell has held a number of postings within Navy including operational postings and a period of secondment with the New South Wales Police working as a Police prosecutor at Burwood Court in Sydney.

Commander Campbell has served as the Deputy Fleet Legal Officer at Maritime HQ and the Legal Officer Deployed Joint Force HQ (DJFHQ). Whilst posted to DJFHQ he deployed to East Timor and subsequently to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) in HMAS Manoora as the Legal Advisor to the Commander Maritime Interception Operations. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the MEAO in 2002. Commander Campbell also served as a prosecutor in the Office of the Director Military Prosecutions, and as the inaugural Command Legal Officer at Border Protection Command in Canberra from mid 2005 to late 2008, during which time he was promoted to Commander.

Commander Campbell served as the inaugural Chief Legal Advisor to the Chief of Navy from mid 2009 to early 2013. In 2013 Commander Campbell deployed to Kabul on Operation SLIPPER where he served as the Chief of Operations Law at ISAF Joint Command.

During the period 2014-2015 Commander Campbell was the Executive Officer legal branch in HQ Joint Operations Command during which time he provided legal advice in support of Australian Defence Force operations around the globe.

Outside of Navy Commander Campbell has served on the Council of the ACT Law Society and held the position of Treasurer of that organisation for a number of years; he was also the Treasurer and Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand for a number of years.

Commander Campbell assumed command of HMAS Penguin in January 2016.