Commander Mitchell Livingstone

Commander Mitchell Livingstone joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1992. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1994, he served in a variety of sea appointments before being awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1997 in the newly commissioned HMAS Anzac

Commander Livingstone served 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. Upon graduating as a Principal Warfare Officer he joined HMAS Warramunga as the Gunnery Officer in 2004. After a brief period in 2006 as the Operations Officer in NUSHIP Perth, Livingstone returned to HMAS 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, 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 primarily 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 graduated from the Indian Defence Services Staff College in 2013. Upon return to Australia, Livingstone was appointed Head of Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson followed by a secondment to the National Security Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015. Commander Livingstone assumed command of HMAS Arunta in 2017 until the ship’s company was disestablished at the year’s end. In 2018 he was posted as the Capability Support Manager to the FFH Capability Element of Surface Combatant Group before assuming command of HMAS Toowoomba in August 2018.

Commander Livingstone holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.