Commander Lee Pritchard

CMDR Lee Pritchard

Commander Lee Pritchard joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1996 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in December 1999. He subsequently trained as an Observer, receiving his wings in 2001, before completing Operational Flying Training in the S-70B-2 Seahawk at 816 Squadron.

As a junior Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO), he was posted to a number of HMA ships including Leeuwin, Melville, Canberra, Parramatta and Anzac, where he gained experience in a broad range of naval exercises and operations, including deployments to Operation RELEX II and Operation CATALYST. He later completed the Royal Air Force Aerosystems Course at RAF Cranwell, and a subsequent posting as a flight trials officer at the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit.

Commander Pritchard served as an S-70B-2 Flight Commander in HMAS Success in 2014-15, which included participation in Exercise RIMPAC, a deployment to Operation MANITOU and representative participation in Centenary of Anzac commemorations in Greece.

Commander Pritchard’s staff postings include Flag Lieutenant to Chief of Navy; Career Manager - Aviation in the Navy People Career Management Agency; Personal Staff Officer to Head Maritime Systems Division in Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group; and Chief of Staff Fleet Air Arm. He completed Australian Command and Staff Course in 2017.

Commander Pritchard’s education includes a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Oceanography; a Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Human Factors); a Graduate Diploma of International Relations; a Master of Science in Aerospace Systems; and a Master of Military and Defence Studies.

Commander Pritchard assumed Command of 816 Squadron on 8 December 2020.