Lieutenant Commander Ryan Post

Lieutenant Commander Ryan Post was raised in the eastern suburbs of Victoria and joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman in July 2000 attending the Naval College at HMAS Creswell.

After being awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate on the Fremantle Class Patrol Boat HMAS Bendigo in 2001 he was promoted to Sub Lieutenant and posted as an Officer of the Watch/Boarding Officer on HMAS Anzac which included an operational deployment to the Middle Eastern Area of Operations (MEAO) during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Specialising as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO) in 2005 led to consolidation time in HMAS Gascoyne (MHC 85) as the Diving Officer and subsequent promotion to Lieutenant in July 2006.

Upon his successful completion of special forces selection he held the role of Maritime Operations Officer and progressed to the Officer Commanding the Water Platoon within Tactical Assault Group-East (2 Commando). This particularly demanding posting included extensive involvement in numerous domestic security operations including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2007 and the Pope’s visit to Australia in 2008.

In late 2009 and again in early 2011 he embarked on operational deployments to the MEAO, this time as the Officer Commanding the Enhanced Boarding Capability aboard HMAS Stuart. Upon his return, he served as the Executive Officer of HMAS Yarra (MHC 87) which was followed by a posting ashore as the senior instructor at the Mine Warfare Faculty where he instructed both International Mine Warfare Officers, PWO(MW) and MCDO courses.

On promotion to Lieutenant Commander in January 2015 he assumed Command of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Assail One, which subsequently transitioned to HMAS Childers in August 2015. Primarily deploying in support of border protection operations, Childers intercepted and boarded numerous illegal entry vessels and illegal fishing vessels; most notably a pair of illegal foreign fishing vessel within the Great Barrier Reef carrying the biggest haul of Deep Sea Cucumbers seized off the Australian coast in the previous 30 years.

Lieutenant Commander Post assumed Command of Australian Clearance Diving Team Four in December 2017.