Commander Stuart Watters

Commander Watters was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1975. He attended Ipswich Grammar School in Queensland before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1994. After completing a Bachelor of Arts through the Australian Defence Force Academy, he commenced training as a Seaman Officer, specialising as a Principal Warfare Officer (Air Warfare) in 2002.

Commander Watters has served in a range of seagoing postings throughout his career. Following a period in HMAS Brisbane, he then served as a Fighter Controller in HMAS Sydney, deploying operationally to the Solomon Islands and Persian Gulf. Upon completing his Air Warfare specialisation he joined HMAS Melbourne, deploying again to the Persian Gulf. In 2004 he was posted on exchange with the Royal Navy to HMS Nottingham as an Air Warfare Officer and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. This eventful posting included NATO deployments to the Mediterranean Sea as well as multinational anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Oman.

On return to Australia, Lieutenant Commander Watters was employed as a warfare instructor at HMAS Watson and completed a Bachelor of Laws through the University of New England. He was appointment as Executive Officer in HMAS Perth in January 2009 and subsequently HMAS Arunta in May of the same year. He completed the Australian Staff and Command College in 2011, completing a Masters in Strategy and Policy. Following a period in Navy Experimentation, he was promoted to Commander into a role as Deputy Director Sailor Career Management within the Navy People Career Management Agency in mid-2012 before posting into the Force Structure Development Directorate within Military Strategy Branch in 2015.

Commander Watters assumed his current post as Commanding Officer HMAS Toowoomba on 20 June 2016.