Commander Anthony Savage

CMDR Anthony Savage

Commander Anthony Savage joined the Royal Australian Navy on 19 August 1991 as a Maritime Warfare Officer. After serving in HMA Ships Geraldton and Derwent he transferred category to Aviation Warfare Officer. He was awarded his wings on 4 October 1993 before posting to 817 Squadron for Sea King Mk50 ASW conversion. During his time at 817 Squadron Lieutenant Savage served in HMA Ships Success, Kanimbla, Manoora and Tobruk. In 1996 Savage was attached to the United Nations as part of the UN Special Commission as the Chief Aerial Weapons Inspector leading a small multinational team living and working in Baghdad, Iraq.

In 2001 Lieutenant Savage was posted to 805 Squadron for SH-2G(A) conversion but due to delays in the project was loaned to 817 Squadron as an instructor and Operations Officer. In 2002 he was posted to the UK for Helicopter Warfare Instructor (HWI) training. Upon return to Australia, and promotion to Lieutenant Commander, Savage resumed his duties as Operations Officer 817 Squadron. In 2003 Lieutenant Commander Savage was appointed the Detachment Commander for two Sea Kings embarked in HMAS Kanimbla in support of the Operation ANODE and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

In 2004 he returned to 805 Squadron for conversion to the SH-2G(A) in its interim training helicopter role as the HWI and Head of the Warfare Cell. In 2005 Savage posted to 816 for S-70B-2 conversion and subsequent posting as Flight Commander Seahawk Flight 5 in HMAS Toowoomba in 2006. During this time he saw active duty as part of Operation CATALYST in the Middle East. After a two year posting as SO2 AvWO Standards Headquarters Fleet Air Arm he was selected as Executive Officer 816 Squadron in 2008.

Lieutenant Commander Savage was selected for Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) in 2011 and was promoted to Commander later that year. On completion of ACSC he was posted to Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) as part of the AIR 9000 Phase 8 project for the MH-60R acquisition, initially as the Operations and Training Manager and then Project Manager. Commander Savage also served as Project Manager for Joint Project 9000 Phase 7 acquiring the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System for both Navy and Army. Savage was awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation for his efforts as a Project Manager for the two Navy helicopter programs during his time in CASG.

Commander Savage undertook MH-60R conversion training in 2016 before assuming Command of 816 Squadron on 30 January 2017.

Commander Savage is a Qualified Aviation Warfare Instructor, graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and holds both graduate and post graduate tertiary qualifications. He is a Certified Practising Project Manager and Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.