Commander James Lybrand
Commander James R. Lybrand, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1990 as an Apprentice Air Technical Weapons Electrical at HMAS Nirimba. He completed the technical requirements of his apprenticeship at HMAS Albatross and served as the remainder of his time as a Junior Sailor at 723 Squadron prior to commissioning as an Officer in February 1993.
After an unsuccessful attempt at Pilots Course, SBLT Lybrand completed SEAAC, as it was at the time, during 1995-1996 and gained a Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in late 1996 onboard the submarine trials vessel, HMAS Protector (I). Shortly thereafter, SBLT Lybrand commenced the final Oberon Class Submarine Officer Training Course and served as an Assistant Warfare Officer on HMAS Onslow and Otama during 1997-1999.
Following Submarine Warfare Officers Course in 2000, LEUT Lybrand conducted a series of Watchleader postings on both HMAS Waller (2000-2002) and HMAS Dechaineux (2003-2004) before being promoted to LCDR and being selected as Executive Officer HMAS Collins in 2005. During the period of his posting to HMAS Collins, LCDR Lybrand was awarded a Maritime Commanders Commendation for developing and implementing training programs to allow submarines to utilise limited manpower and safely proceed to sea.
During 2008 LCDR Lybrand completed the Royal Netherlands Diesel Navy Submarine Command Course (Perisher) in the Netherlands and the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Command Course in Hawaii. This period of training was followed by a three year posting to Canberra where he completed postings with Navy Strategic Command as both a LCDR and a CMDR, in addition to conducting the Australian Command and Staff College in 2010.
CMDR Lybrand holds a Masters Degree in Arts (Strategy and Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. He is married to Emma, a professional Meteorologist and has two young children, Violet and Oliver. In his spare time CMDR Lybrand enjoys any kind of activity that involves a bike or a kayak.