Commander Timothy Watson

CMDR Timothy Watson

Commander Timothy John Watson, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman on 14 January 1985, commencing his initial officer training at HMAS Creswell. Following completion of a Diploma of Applied Science, he commenced his Seaman Officer training in July 1987 serving in HMA Ships Jervis Bay, Curlew, Torrens, Gladstone (II) and Bendigo (II). Following the award of a Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate (BWC) in Bendigo in August 1989, during which period he was promoted to Sub Lieutenant, he was posted to HMAS Canberra (II) and achieved his BWC in 1990.

From 1990 until 1994 (promoted to Lieutenant on 1 July 1991), he served as Executive Officer in HMA Ships Brunei and Bunbury (II) and then completed the Mine Warfare Officer’s Course in 1994. He then served in HMAS Rushcutter as Executive Officer and as an instructor at the Mine Warfare School at HMAS Waterhen. In 1996 he left Australian waters and served as the RAN Exchange Officer at US Coast Guard Group Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, Virginia for almost 3½ years and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 1 January 1999.

Upon returning to Australia in 2000 he served as Staff Officer Plans at HMAS Waterhen before assuming Command of HMAS Dubbo (II) in late 2000. In December 2001 he returned to HMAS Waterhen serving as the Operational Requirements Manager and Staff Officer Mine Warfare and then served at the Coalition Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq for six months as a Battle Major.

Upon returning to Australia he was posted as Executive Officer in HMAS Westralia (II) in 2004 and then assumed Command of HMAS Norman in 2005. Following 18 months in Command, he was promoted to Commander on 1 January 2007. He then served as the Staff Officer for Capability Delivery at the Amphibious and Afloat Support Group at Garden Island from 2007 until 2009. Commander Watson was then posted to the RAN Trials and Test and Evaluation Analysis Authority serving as the Minor War Vessels Operational Test and Evaluation Officer. From there he completed the Commanding Officer Designation Course during the first half of 2011 and after a brief stint as Commander Collective Training at Fleet Headquarters, he assumed Command of HMAS Tobruk in December 2011.