Commander Antony Pisani

CMDR Antony Pisani

Commander Antony Pisani was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1997. Following graduation from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts, he served in HMA Ships Hobart and Betano before being awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate in HMAS Adelaide. During these postings he saw active service in East Timor and the Arabian Gulf.

He conducted the Air Intercept Controller (AIC) course in 2002 before returning to sea in HMAS Canberra as the AIC. A subsequent posting followed to the RAN College as a Divisional Officer for initial officer trainees in 2004. During this posting, he conducted Exercise LONG LOOK, a four-month exchange to Britannia Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom.

In 2005, he commenced his professional warfare specialist training at HMAS Watson and followed this with a posting to HMAS Sydney as the Direction/Operations Officer until 2008. On posting from sea, Commander Pisani was promoted and posted as the Staff Officer Above Water Warfare in Fleet Headquarters. During this posting, he was selected as the RAN Exchange Officer to Commander, US 3rd Fleet and spent the next three years on exchange in San Diego. In this position, he was the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Coordinator, responsible for the planning of this biennial exercise.

On return from the United States, he served as Operations Officer in the deployable Fleet Battle Staff before assuming the role of Executive Officer, HMAS Toowoomba. During his tenure he saw operational service in the Middle East region, conducted border protection operations and was involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Following a posting to the Navy People Career Management Agency as the Career Manager for Principal and Maritime Warfare Officers in 2015, he attended the Australian Command and Staff College where he read for a Master in Defence and Military Studies. On promotion to Commander, he was selected as the Military Assistant to the Chief of Joint Operations. A posting to the Frigates Directorate in Navy Capability Division preceded his assumption of Command of HMAS Ballarat in June 2020.