Commander Mark Taylor

CMDR Mark Taylor

After completing his education at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, Mark William Taylor joined the RAN in January 1984 and following initial training and academics at HMAS Creswell, Midshipman Taylor joined the fleet in 1986 and his training culminated in being awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in the Destroyer Escort HMAS Derwent in October 1988.

During the period 1989-1992 as a Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant, Taylor served in a variety of seagoing postings in preparation for training as a Principal Warfare Officer, graduating from RAN PWO course No.16 in 1992 and sub-specialising in Anti-Submarine Warfare. He was further awarded the Communications sub-specialist qualification in 1999 and is a Tier 4 RAN Communications Officer. He undertook five postings as a ship’s PWO between 1993 and 2005 serving predominantly in Guided Missile Frigates (FFGs). He participated in several South-East and North-East Asian deployments including RIMPAC 94 and Operational deployments in both the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Between sea postings, Taylor undertook a number of shore appointments including two years at 92 Wing, RAAF Edinburgh and two years as OIC RAN Communications School at HMAS Cerberus. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July 1997.

In December 2005, Lieutenant Commander Taylor assumed command of the Fremantle class patrol boat HMAS Bendigo and until her decommissioning in September 2006. He subsequently commanded sister ship Gladstone as relief CO for her final patrol in early 2007. Taylor then assumed duties as commissioning CO of ARDENT 2 Armidale Class patrol boat crew, during which time he commissioned HMAS Wollongong (III) and in subsequent patrols took command of sister ships Bundaberg and Childers, conducting patrols in support of border protection operations and regional engagement in the South West Pacific.

From December 2009, Lieutenant Commander Taylor was the Executive Officer (second in command) of the 46,000 tonne replenishment tanker HMAS Sirius, including a short period as her Commanding Officer. Throughout 2012, he was XO of the ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Warramunga.

In 2013 Lieutenant Commander Taylor moved to Canberra where he completed the Australian Command and Staff Course and in January 2014 undertook appointment in the J53 (Operations Plans) section of Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Bungendore. During this time he has been involved in planning for future operations as well as being briefly assigned as liaison officer within Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

In late September 2015 assumed command of ADV Cape Nelson Port crew based in Cairns, as one of two crews manning ADV Cape Nelson. He was promoted to Commander in January 2016 and subsequently assumed command of ADV Cape Fourcroy Port crew when the Royal Australian Navy acquired ADV Cape Fourcroy to replace ADV Cape Nelson in April/May 2017.