Lieutenant Commander Richard Mortimer

LCDR Richard Mortimer

Lieutenant Commander Richard Mortimer, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2004 after 12 years in the Royal Navy. Having qualified as a Hydrographic Surveyor in 1997 after completing an International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) accredited Category B Hydrographic Surveying course he spent the following four years at sea as a Hydrographic and Oceanographic specialist in HMS Boxer on the Staff of Captain First Frigate Squadron, and in HMS Scott as a gravity surveyor operating throughout the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Lieutenant Commander Mortimer completed the IHO accredited Category A Hydrographic course at HMS Drake (Plymouth, England) in 2001. Post the Category A course Lieutenant Commander Mortimer was posted to Australia on exchange to serve in HS White Crew and HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville as the Senior Assistant Surveyor.

On return to England, Lieutenant Commander Mortimer deployed to Antarctica in HMS Endurance as the Officer in Charge of Surveys before leaving the Royal Navy in November 2004 and moving to Australia with his family. On return to Australia he again served in HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville as part of HS Blue Crew before being appointed Commanding Officer of HMAS Benalla in December 2005.

Whilst in Command of Benalla survey operations were conducted around the Australian coast as well as in Papua New Guinea and New Ireland waters. Lieutenant Commander Mortimer left Benalla in August 2008 to take up the role of the Quality Manager for the Hydrographic Survey Force, later to become Staff Officer Hydrographic Standards under the New Generation Navy construct.

In September 2010, Lieutenant Commander Mortimer was appointed Commanding Officer of the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight, a Laser survey system housed in a Dash 8 aircraft that operates out of Cairns Airport and carries out survey work throughout the Great Barrier Reef area and beyond.

Lieutenant Commander Mortimer as Commanding Officer HS WHITE crew, assumed command of HMAS Melville on 23 September 2015.