Commander David Shirvington

CMDR David Shirvington

Commander David Shirvington was born in Brisbane, Queensland and joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Seaman Officer in 2000. Serving for a brief period on HMAS Newcastle, Midshipman Shirvington attended and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Science Degree in Oceanography and Management. Following promotion to Sub Lieutenant, he served on HMA Ships Townsville and Adelaide culminating in the award of his Bridge Warfare Certificate in 2005.

After a short posting as a watch keeper in Maritime Headquarters, Lieutenant Shirvington undertook training to specialise as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO), graduating Dux of his course in 2007.

As a qualified MCDO, his first posting was as the Diving Officer on HMAS Gascoyne for 12 months on 2008. Lieutenant Shirvington then joined Australian Clearance Diving Team One (AUSCDT 1) as the Operations and Maritime Tactical Operations (MTO) element officer. This culminated in attachment to the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) and deployment to Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on Operation Slipper as an Explosive Ordnance Technician, rendering safe Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and participating in combat operations with Mentoring Task Force 2.

On return to Australia he was appointed as Executive Officer HMAS Diamantina and participated in the clearance of Darwin Harbour of live WW2 ordnance that were obstructing the build of the Ichthys LNG Pipeline in 2011.

Achieving promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 2013, he was then redeployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of IED Exploitation in the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (ISAF JC). This deployment saw him mentoring the Afghanistan National Security Force in post blast IED analysis and conducting post blast IED assessment for Coalition Forces within Regional Command Central. For placing himself in harms way and protecting a highly classified United States program, he was awarded the United States Bronze Star.

Selected for Command in June 2014, Lieutenant Commander Shirvington assumed command of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Attack 2 in June 2015, subsequently transitioning to Commanding Officer of HMAS Bathurst in August 2015. Awarded an ADF Silver Commendation in 2017 for outstanding leadership on Operation RESOLUTE, Shirvington relinquished Command of HMAS Bathurst in December 2017.

Commander Shirvington is a distinguished graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course, holding a Masters Degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University, as well as a second Masters Degree in Project Management from the University of New South Wales.

In 2019, Lieutenant Commander Shirvington was selected as the Principal Staff Officer to the Deputy Chief of Navy and was promoted to Commander in November and selected as the Commanding Officer Royal Australian Naval College, assuming Command in December 2019.