Commander Aaron Cox

CMDR Aaron Cox

Commander Aaron Cox joined the Royal Australian Navy via the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating in 1992. Professional Seaman Officer training followed prior to award of a Bridge Warfare Certificate in HMAS Adelaide (II) (FFG01). He then posted to HMAS Launceston (II) (PB207) as the Navigating Officer conducting border protection across northern Australia. On completion, Cox posted to HMAS Watson as an instructor prior to successful completion of the Long Navigation course. He then posted to HMAS Melbourne (II) (FFG05) as the Navigating Officer, conducting operational deployments to the Persian Gulf and East Timor.

Principal Warfare Officer training followed in 2001. Shortly after, Cox moved overseas and returned to Australia in 2004 to join the Fleet Battle Staff. He subsequently deployed in 2006 to the Persian Gulf for maritime security operations off the coast of Iraq, and in 2007 to Papua New Guinea for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

In 2008, Cox posted to HMAS Sydney (IV) (FFG03) as the surface-warfare Force Warfare Officer, before spending the next three years as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy instructing anti-submarine warfare. He returned to Australia in 2012 to assume the position of Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in Sea Training Group, prior to assuming command of HMAS Gascoyne (II) (MHC85).

During the next two years, Gascoyne conducted a number of deployments and operations, including Operation RESOLUTE. In 2014, the ship was awarded the Rushcutters Shield for excellence in mine counter-measures operations and the Sarawak Shield for the force unit excelling in all aspects of operations, safety, reliability and unit level training. In addition, Gascoyne placed runner-up across the RAN Fleet in the Australia Cup for achieving the highest standards of marine engineering efficiency and serviceability.

In 2015, Cox attended advanced command and staff training before posting to Surface Force in Sydney. In July 2016, he was promoted to Commander, assuming position as the FFG and DDG Capability Support Manager, responsive for materiel seaworthiness and capability management of the two classes. This period included the introduction of the Hobart Class DDG to the RAN.

Commander Cox holds Master’s Degrees in Strategy and Policy, and Military and Defence Studies, and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College.

In July 2018, Commander Cox was announced as the second Commanding Officer HMAS Brisbane (III) (DDG41), assuming Command in January 2020.