Commander Richard Lindsey

CMDR Richard Lindsey

Commander Richard Lindsey, RAN was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed his education in England at Haywards Heath Sixth Form College, before joining the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College as a Midshipman in April 1986.

After conducting his initial training on HM Ships Bristol, Jupiter and his first full appointment to HMS Peacock based in Hong Kong, he became a keen volunteer for the Submarine Service. On completion of Basic Submarine Warfare Course he joined HMS Opossum as the Torpedo Officer, which culminated in a deployment to Russia in 1993. He then continued his submarine career serving in HMS Repulse (STBD), HMS Trenchant and subsequently appointed to HMS Spartan as the Operations Officer, seeing service in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Gulf and Indian Ocean.

Having passed the Submarine Command Course (Perisher) in 1998, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and then appointed to HMS Triumph as the Executive Officer. This period saw HMS Triumph deploy East of Suez from the UK twice in one year, first to the Middle East and on the second occasion to the Far East, gaining a Fleet award.

After this extremely challenging and rewarding appointment, he joined the Submarine Sea Training team in Scotland as Head of Submarine Training. Serving with Submarine Sea Training for nearly three years, he was subsequently appointed to the United States with his family, where he served with COMSUBDEVRON 12 (US Sub Force) based in New London, Connecticut. On return to the UK he was awarded his first surface ship command, HMS Walney, where he completed deployments to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea with the ORION 07 Task Group. Followed by a second command, he was promoted to Commander in 2008 and completed his final sea command in the Royal Navy as the Commanding Officer of HMS Vanguard (STBD), the Trident Nuclear submarine. Prior to leaving the Royal Navy in 2012 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer Submarine Command Course 'Teacher'.

Joining the Royal Australian Navy in early 2015 and completing the Collins conversion course, he was selected to Command HMAS Waller from October 2015 to May 2018.