Commodore Don Dezentje

CDRE Don Dezentje

Commodore Don Dezentje, CSM, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1989 as an Aviation Warfare Officer and later specialised as a Helicopter Warfare Instructor (HWI). He has served in 723, 805 and 817 Squadrons, and HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Tobruk and Canberra.

He has served as an Instructor at the School of Air Navigation, as the Chief Aerial Inspector in the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, and undertook a two year exchange with the Royal Navy on HAS Mk 6 Sea King ASW helicopters in 814 and 820 Squadrons as the Squadron HWI and a Flight Commander as part of the Carrier Air Groups of HM Ships Illustrious and Invincible.

Staff appointments include Staff Officer (Administration) to the Chief of Defence Force Deputy Director Naval Aviation, Deputy Director Operations/ Chief Joint Operations Liaison Officer in Coalition Maritime Forces in USNAVCENT, and Director Navy People Career Management Agency.

Command related appointments include Commanding Officer 723 Squadron and Deputy Commander Fleet Air Arm. He completed Australian Command and Staff Course in 2002 and the Defence & Strategic Studies Course in 2015.

During his career Commodore Dezentje was awarded Dux of his Instructors course, Sea Skua Trophy for Dux of HWI course, GR Griffiths Prize for management at ACSC; and five commendations comprising commendations from the Chief of Defence Force, Land Commander Australia, Commanding Air Training Wing (Air Force), Commander Australian Navy Aviation Force and Commanding Officer 817 Squadron. In 2000 he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal.

Commodore Dezentje holds three Masters Degrees - Masters of Management in Defence Studies, a Masters of Maritime Studies and a Masters of Business Administration.

He assumed command of the Fleet Air Arm in December 2018.