Commander Anita Sellick

CMDR Anita Sellick

Born and raised in Newcastle, NSW, Commander Anita Sellick joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1994. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science, she spent her early watchkeeping years in Frigates, Patrol Boats and Minehunter Coastal vessels.

In 2001 she specialised as a Long N navigator and undertook Navigating Officer duties in the frigates HMAS Adelaide (FFG-01) and HMAS Canberra (FFG-02). She graduated as a Principle Warfare Officer in 2004, joined HMAS Kanimbla (LPA-51) and later deployed to Operation SUMATRA ASSIST following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. She undertook Advanced Navigation training in 2005.

Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2006, she joined the RAN Sea Training Group where she was responsible for accrediting the first RAN Electronic Navigation Display Systems in Royal Australian Navy patrol boats. In 2018 she assumed command of Patrol Boat Crew ARDENT TWO and had charge of two Armidale Class Patrol Boats HMAS Bundaberg (ACPB-91) and HMAS Childers (ACPB-93) on a rotational basis.

In July 2010 she joined Fleet Headquarters, as Staff Officer Navigation and Seamanship and supported the Fleet’s final transition to Electronic Navigation. Promoted to Commander in January 2013, she undertook staff duties with Commander Mine Warfare, Hydrographic and Patrol Force and, in January 2017, she was Chief of Staff to Commodore Warfare.

Commander Sellick assumed command of HMAS Newcastle on 9 January 2018. Under her command, Newcastle completed INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 and, as a proud Novocastrian she will have the honour of decommissioning Newcastle in June 2019.

For meritorious service, Commander Sellick was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours; and holds a Chief of Joint Operations Group Commendation for her actions in command of ARDENT TWO. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science (Oceanography/Computer Science), and is progressing her Master of Business Administration.