Commodore David Frost

CDRE David Frost

Commodore David Frost is a Naval Aviator with over 33 years of service spanning tactical, operational and strategic arenas.

David served as a Seaman Officer in Patrol Boats, Destroyer Escorts and Frigates and as an Aviator in 723, 725, 816 and 10 Squadron where he completed a two year exchange posting with the RAAF P3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft, receiving a Chief of Air Force Commendation for a search and rescue mission.

Lieutenant Commander Frost returned to the Fleet Air Arm and Seahawk Helicopters with flight commander tours in HMAS Darwin and Melbourne, including two operational deployments to the Middle East and a Commander Australian Theatre Commendation for Operation Falconer in the 2003 Iraq War. Subsequent postings included a Masters in Aerosystems in the UK, lead Seahawk flight test specialist at the RAN Flight Trials Unit, and Command and Staff Course.

Commander Frost was appointed as the Officer in Charge of Naval Aviation Flight Test and in 2013 he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of 725 Squadron in Jacksonville Florida USA, introducing the MH-60R Maritime Combat Helicopter into service. On completion, David posted to Canberra as Deputy Director Maritime Helicopters within Navy Strategic Command.

On Promotion in 2018, Captain Frost was appointed the Director RAN Test and Evaluation and in 2019 he also assumed the role as Commander Australian Maritime Warfare Centre. This was followed by selection as the inaugural Director of the Maritime Warfare Centre after merging to the two separate units and driving generational change in maritime warfare development.

Commodore Frost assumed Command of the Fleet Air Arm in Dec 2021.