Commander Michael Kumpis

CMDR Michael Kumpis

Commander Michael Kumpis, RAN was raised in Werribee, Victoria and joined the Royal Australian Navy in July 2000 as a Midshipman at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell.

Graduating in December 2000 he proceeded to sea for training as a Maritime Warfare Officer in HMA Ships Warramunga, Whyalla, Mermaid, Betano and Westralia.

After a period of consolidation in HMAS Westralia, Commander Kumpis commenced specialist training in hydrographic surveying at HMAS Penguin in 2003. Following postings included Officer in Charge Detached Surveys HS WHITE Crew and Executive Officer of HMA Ships Benalla and Mermaid.

In 2008, he attended the Royal Navy's Advanced Hydrographic Surveying course at HMS Drake in the UK where he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Hydrographic Surveying from Plymouth University.

On his return to Australia, he was posted to HS RED Crew as the Senior Assistant Surveyor and Operations Officer which alongside hydrographic surveying was also heavily involved in Border Protection duties.

Commander Kumpis is an International Hydrographic Organisation recognised Category A surveyor and Level 1 Certified Hydrographic Surveyor with the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute.

In December 2011 he assumed Command of HMAS Shepparton and, having successfully completed his tenure in Command, he was then posted as the Manager Joint Operations Support Staff for Victoria in 2014. His next posting was in 2016 as the OIC Deployable Geospatial Support Team that included deployments as part of Operation FIJI ASSIST 16 and to Antarctica for Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY16/17.

During the latter part of 2017 he served as the J2 Geospatial Officer for the Amphibious Task Group followed by selection to the Australian Command & Staff College in 2018. On completion he was awarded a Master of Military and Strategic Studies from Australian National University.

Commander Kumpis assumed Command of HMAS Melville in July 2019.