Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt

LCDR Darren McDevitt

Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt joined the Navy in 1996 aged 21, moving from his home town of Junee, NSW, where he was an electrician, to join HMAS Cerberus as a recruit Electronics Technician.

As an Able Seaman Electronics Technician, LCDR McDevitt served in HMA Ships Fremantle, Tobruk and Waterhen while living onboard at HMAS Penguin. The posting to HMAS Waterhen would be the start of a long association with the ‘mother hen’.

After a year of night schooling, LCDR McDevitt commissioned to Officer in July 2000 as a pilot. After a brief posting to flight school, LCDR McDevitt commenced training as a warfare officer, serving in HMA Ships Warramunga, Whyalla and Anzac; and a 14-month exchange to Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa, where he earned his specialisation as a warfare officer.

In 2007 LCDR McDevitt commenced the gruelling Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving (MCD) Officer course. On completion of the course LCDR McDevitt earned his ‘badge’, and sub-specialised as an MCD Officer, conducting subsequent postings to Australian Clearance Diving Team One, HMA Ships Yarra and Huon, and the Navy Diving School. In 2015 LCDR McDevitt assumed the position of Executive Officer at Australian Clearance Diving Team Four in Western Australia.

On his return to Sydney LCDR McDevitt conducted staff roles in Mine Warfare while completing his Masters in International Security and Strategy, and on promotion to LCDR was the staff officer for Clearance Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. LCDR McDevitt assumed Command of HMAS Diamantina in June 2018.