Commander Brendan Horn

CMDR Brendan Horn

Commander Brendan Horn was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1973.  He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Direct Entry officer in 1995 and qualified as a Maritime Warfare Officer in 1998. For his initial sea experience he spent time HMA Ships Perth, Cessnock, Dubbo and Brisbane. Specialising as Navigation Officer, he has completed the Long Navigation course (2001), the Advanced Navigation Course (2004) and PWO training (2004). 

As Navigator, he served in HMAS Whyalla (1999-2000), HMAS Anzac (2001-2004) and HMAS Tobruk (2004-2006). His operational experience includes border protection operations in support of Operation CRANBERRY (2000) and RELEX (2002), deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations in support of Operation SLIPPER (2003), Operation CATALYST (2005) and East Timor for Operation ASTUTE (2006). Commander Horn posted to HMAS Perth (2010-2012) as Executive Officer and successfully completed the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade.

Key junior shore appointments include, Bridge Simulator Manager at HMAS Watson, a two year exchange posting with the United States Navy’s THIRD Fleet in San Diego, California as the Exercise RIMPAC Coordinator, the Operations Coordinator at Fleet Headquarters and as a Staff Officer in the Global Operations Branch at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. As a Commander, he has worked for the Navy Warfare Community, Navy Workforce Management and as the Staff Officer to Chief of Navy.

Commander Horn was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his performance as Navigating Officer when Anzac provided Naval Gunfire Support during the assault of the Al Faw Peninsula, Iraq in March 2003. He was also awarded a Chief of Navy Gold Commendation for his performance as the Staff Officer to Chief of Navy (2016-2017). He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course and holds a Masters of Arts in Military and Defence Studies from the Australian National University.

Commander Horn assumed Command of HMAS Anzac (III) on 14 June 2019.