Commander Cindy Jenkins

CMDR Cindy Jenkins

Commander Cindy Jenkins joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1998 from Derby, Western Australia. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy, she commenced a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer. For the period of her training, she served in the Fremantle Class Patrol Boats Dubbo, Bendigo and Gladstone before attaining her Bridge Warfare Certificate in HMAS Warramunga. She was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2004 and assumed the duties of Navigating Officer in HMAS Gascoyne; the highlight of this posting being an operational deployment to the Solomon Islands in support of Operation ANODE.

Following postings as an instructor at the Navigation Faculty and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Australian Fleet, Commander Jenkins specialised as a Principal Warfare Officer and joined HMAS Melbourne. In 2009, she sub-specialised as a Surface Warfare officer, for which she was awarded the Captain Darling Award. Her posting to Melbourne included missile firings on the Pacific Missile Firing Range in Hawaii, and operational service in the Middle East in support of Operation SLIPPER. She was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in January 2011.

In 2011, Commander Jenkins commenced a posting as Staff Officer Navy International Engagement, supporting senior officers during Navy to Navy talks and high-level visits to promote cooperation and understanding among friendly navies. In 2014, she joined the Auxiliary Oiler, HMAS Sirius, as the Executive Officer. The highlight of her posting as XO was a high-profile South East Asian deployment that involved port visits and exercises with seven nations.

Commander Jenkins successfully completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course in the United Kingdom in 2017; the first RAN representative to do so since 2009. On promotion to Commander in August 2017, she joined the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre as SO1 Above Water Warfare and then in October 2018 posted to Deputy Director Training Authority Maritime Warfare.

Commander Jenkins has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Master of Arts (International Relations) and a Master of Business (Human Resource Management).

Commander Jenkins assumed Command of Recruit School in January 2020.