Lieutenant Commander Michael Gough

Mike Gough joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Supplementary List Midshipman in 1980, undertaking his initial seagoing training in guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (II) and Attack Class patrol boat HMAS Assail, after which he undertook an overseas exchange posting with the Canadian Navy in HMCS Qu’appelle based in Esquimalt, British Columbia. He was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate whilst serving in Qu’appelle.

Mike undertook postings as an Officer of the Watch in HMA Ships Yarra, Parramatta and Perth and as Navigation Officer HMAS Geelong. He qualified as a Clearance Diving Officer (CDO) in 1986 and as a Mine Warfare Officer (MCDO) in 1989. Mike served as the Executive Officer of Australian Clearance Diving Team One (AUSCDT ONE 86-88), and HMAS Gawler (91-92).

Mike was selected for Command of HMA Ships Labuan (95-96), AUSCDT ONE (2000-01), Launceston (02-03), Huon (08-09) and Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour (12 – 14).

After his patrol boat command Mike served as the Maritime Adviser to the Fijian Navy. On return from Fiji Mike assumed the duties as Officer in Charge of the RAN Diving School at HMAS Penguin during the period 2006-07.

On completion of his time in Command of HMAS Huon, Mike undertook a posting to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), working as the Fleet Manager Diving and Hyperbaric at the MCDSPO, HMAS Waterhen.

Mike joined Surface Forces in July 2014 as the SO2 Preparedness and Compliance. Having served here for two and a half years, he is lucky enough to have been selected for a second command of Young Endeavour which commenced in March 2017.