Commander Michael Devine

CMDR Michael Devine

Commander Michael Devine joined the Royal Australian Navy from Sydney, through the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1992 and assumed Command of HMAS Anzac in December 2016.

Following Seaman Officer training and the award of his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1997, he served as an Officer of the Watch in HMAS Newcastle. Then in 1999, after successfully completing training at RAAF Williamtown, he joined HMAS Brisbane as the ship’s Air Intercept Controller.

Completing Principal Warfare Officer Course in 2001, as the dux of both Phases One (Common) and Two (Above Water Warfare), he was awarded the Sydney-Emden Prize and St Barbara’s Association medallion.

He subsequently served at sea as the Direction and Operations Officer of HMAS Melbourne, Gunnery and Operations Officer of HMAS Stuart and Executive Officer of HMAS Ballarat.

His significant staff appointments have included Fleet In-Service Trials Officer, RAN Liaison Officer to USN COMDESRON 50, Staff Officer Air Warfare at Tactical Development Group, Fleet Direction Officer, Staff Officer Air Warfare Destroyer at Capability Development Group, Staff Officer Domestic and Regional Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Deputy Director Surface and Air Warfare at Navy Strategic Command.

Commander Devine’s operational service has included border protection operations (Operations STANHOPE and RESOLUTE), support to peacekeeping operations (Operation TREK) and operations in the Middle East (Operations SLIPPER and CATALYST). For his outstanding professionalism and devotion to duty during HMAS Melbourne’s Operation CATALYST deployment in 2002, he was awarded a Commander Australian Theatre Commendation.

A graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course, Commander Devine holds a Master of Military Studies, Master of Management Studies (Project Management) and Bachelor of Arts (History).