Commander Darren White

Commander Darren White, RAN was born in Cape Town, South Africa He attended a local boarding school and graduated in 1992. Commander White enlisted into the South African Navy in 1994 and was drafted to SA Naval College in Gordon’s Bay, where he received his commission after successfully completing Officer training.

Commander White rotated through the various Squadrons and attained his Bridge Warfare Certificate in 1998. After selection for the MCM Squadron, he qualified as a MCM Officer in 1999. Commander White went on to complete two consecutive Executive Officer appointments on Minesweepers before volunteering for Submarine duty in 2002. He commenced submarine training and qualified as a Submarine Officer in November 2003. In 2004 Commander White was selected for Project WILLS (South African Type 209 submarine acquisition project). In 2005 he deployed to Germany and crewed two of the newly acquired submarines on their maiden voyages from Germany to South Africa, the first as the Sonar Officer and the second as the Executive Officer.

Commander White completed Perisher in 2008 and thereafter completed two consecutive Type 209 Submarine commands. This was followed by an Executive Officer appointment on a MEKO 200 Frigate, prior to immigrating to Australia.

Commander White joined the RAN in January 2015 and immediately commenced CCSM training, which included postings to HMAS Rankin, Waller and Farncomb before being appointed as the Executive Officer of HMAS Dechaineux in December 2016. This appointment included a successful North East Asia deployment. Commander White has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

Commander White assumed command of HMAS Collins in January 2020.