Commander Bradley Francis

CMDR Bradley Francis

Commander Bradley Francis, RAN was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2000 as a Seaman Officer. After completing his studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy he served in Fremantle Class Patrol Boats before gaining his Bridge Warfare Certificate in the Adelaide Class Frigate HMAS Canberra in 2005.

Joining the Submarine Service in 2006, Brad was awarded his ‘Dolphins’ in HMAS Sheean that year. He then served in HMAS Waller (2007-2008) and Royal Canadian Navy Submarines (2009-2010). After Submarine Warfare Officers Course in 2011, Brad served as a Warfare Officer in HMAS Dechaineux, Waller and Sheean over the course of 2012-14.

In November 2015, Brad was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMAS Rankin. Subsequent to this posting, he graduated from the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2017 and was then appointed as Deputy Director Submarines – Warfare within Navy Headquarters.

Brad is a graduate of the 2015 Netherlands Submarine Command Course (‘Perisher’) and the 2016 United States Submarine Command Course. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Arts from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Military and Defence Studies from Australian National University.

Commander Francis assumed Command of HMAS Dechaineux in December 2018.