Lieutenant Commander Dean Battilana

LCDR Dean Battilana

Lieutenant Commander Dean Battilana, RAN entered the Australian Defence Force Academy as a Midshipman in January 1996. He graduated in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science). He subsequently commenced his Junior Officer training in HMA Ships Sydney and Benalla and was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1999.

Promoted to Sub Lieutenant in 2000, he completed the Officer's Hydrographic Surveying Course in 2001 at HMAS Penguin, winning the Gowland Medal for Dux of the course. He was subsequently posted to HS White Crew as an assistant Surveyor and Officer of the Watch. In 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant and posted as Executive Officer HMAS Shepparton for two years. In 2005, he was posted as the Executive Officer of LADS Flight, then Benalla and in 2006 became the Senior Assistant Surveyor of HS Blue Crew.

In July 2007 Lieutenant Commander Battilana was selected to attend the Masters Degree programme at the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in August 2008 with a Masters in Science (Hydrography), a Category A IHO/FIG certificate and winning the Hydrographer of the Navy award for Dux of the course. Upon returning to Australia, he was posted to the RAN Hydrographic School as the Instructor, and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in January 2009.

After two years at the Hydrographic School he was selected for command of HMAS Benalla. He took command of Benalla in July 2010. Surveys during his command included Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait and participation in Operation YASI ASSIST. Under his command Benalla won the Endeavour Shield for Hydrographic Excellence in 2011. Completing his command of Benalla in June 2012, he took command of HMAS Paluma in July 2012 for a survey of Arnhem Land. He completed his command of Paluma in December 2012 and was appointed the Officer in Charge of the RAN Hydrographic School in January 2013.

In January 2016 Lieutenant Commander Battilana posted into the Amphibious Task Group as the Rapid Environmental Assessment Coordinator and participated in Operation FIJI ASSIST, the first operational deployment of HMAS Canberra.

In June 2016 Lieutenant Commander Battilana was selected for command of HS BLUE, and assumed command in May 2017. HS BLUE lead the search and recovery efforts for a crashed USMC MV-22 Osprey in August 2017 and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation by the US Secretary of Navy. In December of 2017 HS BLUE was awarded the Gloucester Cup, Sarawak Shield and the Endeavour Shield.

Lieutenant Commander Battilana, as Commanding Officer HS BLUE crew, assumed command of HMAS Melville in 2017.