Captain Ashley Papp

CAPT Ashley Papp

Ashley Papp joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1989 from country Victoria. A navigation warfare specialist, he has served in patrol boats, frigates, destroyers, replenishment tankers and amphibious ships.

Afloat, Captain Papp has deployed extensively across the Indo-Asia-Pacific regions, conducted minefield escorts into Kuwait ports, enforced United Nations sanctions in the Red Sea, relationship building in China and Russia, fisheries protection in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and exercises and border operations in Australian waters.

Ashore, Captain Papp has served in command training roles, policy and capability acquisition, strategic management and government reporting, and planned domestic and international operations and exercises.

Captain Papp commanded the Heavy Landing Craft (LCH) HMAS Brunei on United Nations operations in East Timor 2000-2001, Australian joint forces on a multinational humanitarian assistance deployment through the Pacific in 2011, and the amphibious Dock Landing Ship (LSD) HMAS Choules on operations and international engagement activities 2012-2014. Captain Papp assumed command of the Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) and Navy’s Flagship HMAS Canberra in January 2017.

Captain Papp is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and United States Naval War College, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, and a member of the Naval Warfare Officer Association and the Australian Naval Institute. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2015 for command of Choules. Captain Papp holds Masters degrees in International Relations and Strategic Management.