Commander Lewis Gaha

CMDR Lewis Gaha

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1975 as a General Entry recruit. He trained as an Electronics Technical sailor, specialising in power, and served at sea twice each in HMA Ships Melbourne and Stalwart. In 1987 he commenced studies towards a Bachelor of Education degree and was commissioned as an Instructor Officer in 1991.

Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, he was posted to Canberra as a Career Manager in the Directorate of Naval Officers' Postings, and in 2002 he attended the Australian Command and Staff Course. He was posted as Executive Officer in HMAS Harman in 2003 and later that year transferred to the Reserves. At the end of 2004 he commenced fulltime service as the Navy Reserve Career Manager for a second posting within the Directorate of Naval Officers' Postings.

Lieutenant Commander Gaha deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2008 embedded within the Multi National Force - Iraq Headquarters as the Elections Liaison Officer. For this Service he was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal.

He was promoted Commander in 2010, and posted to Navy Headquarters as Director Navy Ministerials and Coordination, where he was responsible for managing a small team coordinating all Navy correspondence to the Ministers representing Defence. In August 2012 he became Director of Navy Reputation Management, responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Navy reputation management and communications strategy.

Commander Gaha was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List on 26 January 2014. His citation reads 'For meritorious service as the Navy Reserve Career Manager, Elections Liaison Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, Director of Navy Ministerial Coordination and Director of Navy Reputation Management'. He was appointed as an honorary Aide-de-camp to the Governor-General in Hobart with effect from 21 December 2015.

Commander Lewis Gaha assumed command of Navy Headquarters - Tasmania in January 2016.