Commander Michael Power

CMDR Michael Power

Commander Michael Power was born in Hastings, Victoria. He entered the Royal Australian Naval College in January 2007 as a direct entry Warfare Officer, before proceeding through the Junior Warfare Officer Application Course.

While still under training Michael served in the Middle Eastern Area of Operations in 2009 while posted to HMAS Toowoomba, before attaining his Bridge Warfare Certificate on HMAS Anzac the following year. Shortly after this qualification, Michael joined the Submarine Service in 2011, commencing Submarine Officer Training Course.

Michael's first significant submarine posting was to HMAS Farncomb in September 2011. During this posting he was awarded his ‘Dolphins’ in March 2012, before achieving his Officer of the Watch Dived proficiency later that same year.

While completing the Junior Officer Leadership Course in 2013 he was awarded both the Hue Paffard Award and Dux of the course. Following a brief posting as Navigator of HMAS Farncomb in 2014, Michael completed the Submarine Warfare Officers Course, where he was awarded the Submarine Sword of Excellence as Dux of the course.

Michael served onboard HMAS Rankin as the Sonar officer and Operations Officer in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In December 2017 he was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMAS Sheean, however only served in that role until September the following year as he had been selected to attend the Netherlands Submarine Command Course (NLSMCC) in January 2019.

Upon successful completion of NLSMCC and the Australian Commanding Officer Designate Course, Commander Power assumed Command of HMAS Collins in January 2021.