Commander Luke Ryan

CMDR Luke Ryan

Commander Luke Ryan joined the Australian Defence Force from South Australia in 1994 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1996, having completed a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics.

Proceeding to sea for Seaman Officer training, he served as a trainee and Officer of the Watch in HMA Ships Arunta, Cessnock, Newcastle and Tarakan.

Undertaking specialist navigation training in 2001, Ryan subsequently served as the Navigation Officer of HMA Ship’s Bendigo, Warramunga, Westralia, Newcastle and Success. During this time he also completed the RAN Principal Warfare Officers Course and Force Warfare Officers Course. Posted to Fleet Headquarters as Fleet Navigation Officer between 2009 and 2010, he held responsibility for the maintenance of fleet wide navigation standards through at sea instruction and assessment.

Between 2010 and 2012 the then Lieutenant Commander Ryan completed a two and a half year appointment as Executive Officer of the Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Melbourne. During an exceptionally busy period of training, refit and operations Melbourne conducted two six-month Middle East deployments undertaking maritime security operations in support of Operation SLIPPER. During a remarkably successful period Melbourne was awarded the Duke of Gloucester Cup as the Navy’s most proficient ship.

Posting ashore in 2013, the then Lieutenant Commander Ryan undertook 12 months study at the Australian Command and Staff College, completing a Masters of Arts in Military and Defence Studies at the Australian National University. On promotion to Commander in 2014 he commenced duties as the Project Director DDG and Maritime Strike within Capability Development Group. In this role Commander Ryan has been responsible for the development of future capability options for both the Hobart Class Destroyer and Future Frigate.

Commander Ryan has completed operational service in East Timor, the South West Pacific the Middle East and border protection duties from Northern Australia to sub-Antarctic waters.

Commander Ryan assumed command of HMAS Stuart (III) on 14 June 2019.