Commander Karl Brinckmann
Commander Brinckmann joined the navy, through HMAS Creswell in 1988. He has conducting sea postings in HMA Ships Jervis Bay (GT203), Stalwart, Stuart (DE48), Whyalla, Dubbo, Darwin, Manoora and Arunta. His shore postings have included Fleet Operations, FFG Capability Element, and HMAS Watson instructing Warfare Officers. He also conducted a two year exchange posting instructing Anti Submarine Warfare in San Diego. In 2010, he completed a two year posting to Military Strategic Commitments where he was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan and Operation KRUGER in Iraq.
CMDR Brinckmann assumed command of Sydney in December 2012. During the period the ship has conducted a deployment with US Seventh Fleet, OP RESOLUTE and led the RAN units for the Australian International Fleet Review, celebrating 100 years since the RAN fleet entered Sydney.
Operational service has included OP DAMASK – 1991 (Persian Gulf), OP WARDEN – 1999 (East Timor) and OP ENDURING FREEDOM – 2002 (North Arabian Gulf). CMDR Brinckmann received a CDF commendation in 2010 for his efforts in Military Strategic Commitments.
CMDR Brinckmann completed the Principal Warfare Officers course, specialising in Surface Warfare in 1998, and the Australian Command and Staff course in 2008.
Before taking command of HMAS Sydney, CMDR Brinckmann was based in Canberra as the Deputy Director Underwater Warfare in Navy Strategic Command.
CMDR Brinckmann is a very keen fan of rugby union, AFL and Cricket; unfortunately his skills in those sports were never matched by his enthusiasm for them. He has recently become engaged to Natalie.