Captain Adam Muckalt

CAPT Adam Muckalt

Born in McLaren Vale and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Captain Adam Muckalt joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1993 and attended the Australian Defence Force Academy for studies towards a Bachelor of Science.

Graduating in 1995 with a major in Oceanography, he proceeded to sea for Warfare Officer application training in HMA Ships Mermaid, Moresby and Shepparton. After a period of consolidation in HMAS Leeuwin, Captain Muckalt undertook specialist hydrographic survey training prior to assuming a position as the Staff Officer to the Hydrographer of Australia.

Returning to sea in 2000, Captain Muckalt assumed various positions including OIC Detached Survey Parties in Hydrographic Ship Blue Crew (HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville), Executive Officer HMAS Paluma and as the Survey Systems Manager in the RAN’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight based in Cairns. Captain Muckalt was posted as the Executive Officer in HMAS Ipswich undertaking border and fisheries protection prior to an operational deployment to Iraq in 2003 as the Staff Officer to the Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East. Captain Muckalt returned to Australia in January 2004 and assumed the position of Navigating Officer in HMAS Melville.

In 2005 Captain Muckalt undertook study in the UK on the Royal Navy Advanced Hydrographic Survey course where he graduated Dux. On completion Captain Muckalt commenced an exchange posting on promotion to Lieutenant Commander with the British Royal Navy as the Operations Officer in HMS Echo. During this posting, Echo saw operational service in the North Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea. Captain Muckalt returned to Australia in September 2007 and was posted to Headquarters, Joint Operations Command as a Regional Operations planner. Captain Muckalt assumed Command of HMAS Shepparton in December 2009. In January 2011, he led a maritime task unit responsible for surveying and clearing the shipping channels in Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River after the devastating floods for which he received a CJTF Commendation. During his time in Command Captain Muckalt conducted hydrographic surveys in the vicinity of Cairns, Brisbane, Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait.

Captain Muckalt attended the Singaporean Armed Forces ‘Goh Keng Swee’ Command and Staff Course in 2012 and was recognised as a Distinguished Graduate of the College, the first time this honour had been bestowed on a foreign officer. Captain Muckalt deployed again to the Middle East Area of Operations during the first half of 2013 with the Singaporean-led Combined Task Force 151, undertaking duties as the N5 and lead planner responsible for counter-piracy operations afloat in the Arabian Sea and Somali Basin. Other postings in 2013-14 included the Principal Staff Officer to Head Navy Capability in Navy Strategic Command and Deputy Director Hydrographic Doctrine, Policy and Capability at the Australian Hydrographic Office.

Captain Muckalt assumed Command of HS Blue in June 2015, conducting surveys in the Inner Great Barrier Reef, Timor Sea and Bass Strait, with deployments stretching between the South China Sea and Port Adelaide. HS Blue was awarded The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup, Sarawak Shield and Endeavour Shield in 2017, recognising HS Blue as the most effective and efficient unit in the RAN, the first time this honour had been bestowed upon a Hydrographic Ship. The Cup was presented by HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales onboard HMAS Leeuwin.

In June 2017, Captain Muckalt assumed responsibilities as Commander of the Australian Hydrographic Meteorological and Oceanographic Group, responsible for all aspects of Navy’s HM operations and capabilities. During this time he oversaw the transformation of the group with significant capability and technology enhancement across the HM Force Elements and implementation of a restructured governance arrangement, re-posturing the group and force elements to best support forward-deployed Military Data Gathering operations and contribution to Government-Directed Operations and Activities.

Promoted to Captain in November 2019, he is currently Director Hydro METOC at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong.

Captain Muckalt is a passionate campaigner against domestic violence in the community and advocate for equity within the Defence Organisation. Professionally, he holds Australasian Certified Practicing Hydrographic Surveyor level one accreditation, is an International Maritime Organisation/International Hydrographic Bureau-recognised Category A surveyor, and was awarded a Master of Science with Distinction by the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2007 for his independent research and thesis on the South East Asian Marine Electronic Highway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.