Commander Scott Houlihan

CMDR Scott Houlihan

Commander Scott Houlihan was born in Victor Harbor, South Australia. Following a few years as a stock and station agent in far west South Australia, he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1991 as a Radar Plotter. In 1996 he was selected for commissioning and transferred to the Officer Corps as a Maritime Warfare Officer in 1997.

Commander Houlihan is a specialist Principal Warfare Officer with the additional qualification of Advanced Navigation. He has served in HMA Ships Brisbane, Perth (II), Arunta, Fremantle, Melbourne (III), Kanimbla (twice), Manoora and Choules (as the commissioning Executive Officer). Operational deployments have included Operation CATALYST 2003/4 in HMAS Melbourne, Operation ASTUTE 2006 in HMAS Kanimbla and Operation QUICKSTEP 2007 in HMAS Kanimbla. Ashore, Commander Houlihan has served as a navigational instructor, Port Services Manager, (Fleet Base East), Principal Staff Officer to the Deputy Chief of Navy and Deputy Director Destroyers, where he was part of a team that was responsible for the transition into service of the Hobart class guided missile destroyers. Commander Houlihan was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2005 for services in HMAS Melbourne during Operation CATALYST and in 2010 a Conspicuous Service Medal for duties as the Port Manager Fleet Base East. He was awarded a Fleet Commander’s bronze level commendation for outstanding duties as Executive Officer HMAS Choules, and a Chief of Navy gold level commendation for his role in transitioning HMAS Hobart into service.

Commander Houlihan is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and the Australian Command and Staff Course. He holds a Masters in Military and Defence Studies. Commander Houlihan assumed command of HMAS Choules on 2 April 2018.