Commander Mitchell Livingstone

Commander Livingstone joined the RAN as a Midshipman in 1992. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1994, he undertook a variety of sea appointments before being awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1997 as HMAS Anzac returned from Operation DIRK.

Commander Livingstone completed appointments as Navigating Officer in HMA Ships Cessnock, Dubbo, Westralia and Whyalla before being appointed Staff Officer Navigation to Minor War Vessel Sea Training Group in 2003. Graduating as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2004, he was appointed to HMAS Warramunga as the Gunnery Officer. After a brief period as the Operations Officer in NUSHIP Perth in 2006, Commander Livingstone returned to Warramunga and deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations in support of Operations CATALYST and SLIPPER. Graduating as a Force Warfare Officer specialising in Above Water Warfare in 2007, Commander Livingstone joined the Australian Fleet Sea Training Group as Fleet Gunnery Officer in 2008.

Commander Livingstone assumed command of Patrol Boat Crew ASSAIL THREE embarked in HMA Ships Pirie and Ararat in 2010. Deployed in support of the border protection Operation RESOLUTE, ASSAIL THREE were awarded a Commander Joint Operations Commendation for their role in the rescue of survivors from the stricken Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel (SIEV) 221.

Commander Livingstone was appointed to the Indian Defence Services Staff College in 2012. While in India, he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for his leadership during the SIEV 221 incident. In 2013, Commander Livingstone was appointed to HMAS Watson as Head of Maritime Warfare during a period of considerable growth in both warfare student numbers and warfare training simulators. A secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015 proved a fascinating experience prior to assuming command of HMAS Arunta in 2017.

Commander Livingstone holds a Bachelor of Arts and degrees in Master of Science, and Master of Business and Technology.