Commander Anthony Nagle

CMDR Anthony Nagle

Joining the Royal Australian Navy from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Commander Anthony Nagle entered through the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1998 where he read for a Bachelor of Arts.

Commencing his Maritime Warfare and Navigation training in 2001, Nagle served in the three amphibious units, HMA Ships Manoora, Kanimbla and Tobruk, prior to joining the Adelaide Class Frigate (FFG), HMAS Sydney. In Sydney /em>he saw active service in the Northern Arabian Gulf during the height of the Iraq War in 2003. He undertook the Principal Warfare Officer Course in 2006 and consolidated as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in the Anzac Class Frigate (FFH), HMAS Parramatta.

Sub-specialising as a Force Warfare Officer (Surface) in 2009, Nagle returned to Parramatta as Operations Officer, deploying to the Middle East Area for anti-piracy and counter-extremism maritime security operations. On promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 2011, he served as the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer prior to joining the warfare staff at the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare School in Portsmouth. While on exchange in the United Kingdom, he undertook deep specialisation training and completed the Royal Navy’s Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare Course.

Upon returning to Australia, Nagle held the role of Officer in Charge of the School of Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson prior to his appointment as Executive Officer of the FFG, HMAS Newcastle. During a rewarding two years in Newcastle, he deployed in support of border protection and counter-narcotics operations domestically and returned to the Greater Middle East Area for maritime security operations. For his efforts in Newcastle he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

On promotion to Commander, Nagle was appointed as Head of Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson and, following a brief period as Deputy Director Training Authority Maritime Warfare, he returned to sea as Commanding Officer of the FFH, HMAS Arunta, in December 2020. In May 2021, Commander Nagle assumed command of the FFH, HMAS Perth, and will return the ship to sea following the completion of its Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program upgrade in 2021.

Commander Nagle is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and Kingston University (London). He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business, Master of Science (Technology), and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic People Management.