Lieutenant Commander Andrew Gabbott

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Gabbott joined the Royal Australian Navy in July 2001 as a Midshipman at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell. Upon graduating in December 2001, he proceeded to sea for Seaman Officer application training in HMA Ships Kanimbla, Hawkesbury, Benalla, Leeuwin and Melville.

After a period of Officer of the Watch consolidation in HS Blue Crew (HMAS Leeuwin), Lieutenant Commander Gabbott undertook specialist hydrographic survey training in 2005 prior to assuming a position as the Boats Officer in HS Blue Crew (HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville). Lieutenant Commander Gabbott assumed the role of Executive Officer HMAS Mermaid for the period 2010-2011.

Upon completion of his Mermaid posting, Lieutenant Commander Gabbott moved to Canberra and undertook a two year posting to Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) as the Staff Officer Three in the Geospatial Support Cell. During his time in the Headquarters, Lieutenant Commander Gabbott was involved in providing geospatial support to Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2011, the reinvigoration of submarine operational patrols, the recommissioning of Manus Island and Nauru offshore processing centres and the creation of Maritime Boundary AML files for deploying Defence Elements.

Lieutenant Commander Gabbott undertook advanced Hydrographic Survey study in the UK with the British Royal Navy in 2016. Upon returning to Australia, Lieutenant Commander Gabbott was posted to HS Blue as the Senior Assistant Surveyor. In 2017, on completion of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2017, Lieutenant Commander Gabbott assisted HS Blue CO in coordinating the search for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft which ditched into the sea off the Queensland coast. During this operation, HS Blue found the MV-22 Osprey on the seabed in 55m of water and, with the aid of clearance divers from Clearance Dive Team 1, recovered two crew members from the aircraft and located a third. HS Blue, along with other RAN supporting staff, was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation from the United States Navy for the recovery effort.

Lieutenant Commander Gabbott is an International Maritime Organisation recognised Category A surveyor and was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction in Hydrographic Surveying by the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2016.

Lieutenant Commander Gabbott assumed Command of HMAS Shepparton (II) in June 2018.