Lieutenant Commander Adam Simeoni

LCDR Adam Simeoni

Lieutenant Commander Adam Simeoni joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 2001 from Launceston, Tasmania. 

Following New Entry Officer Course at the Royal Australian Naval College in HMAS Creswell, he commenced initial navigation and warfare training which included his first sea posting in HMAS Brisbane (II), participating in Exercise TANDEM THRUST and Brisbane’s decommissioning. Subsequently he continued his training at sea in HMA Ships Tobruk and Whyalla participating in Operations RELEX and CRANBERRY, and Exercise PARADISE.

For the final component of his bridge warfare training Lieutenant Commander Simeoni posted to HMAS Newcastle in 2003, joining the ship in the Middle East Area of Operations during Operation CATALYST. In 2004 Newcastle participated in Exercise RIMPAC and it was during the exercise that Lieutenant Commander Simeoni’s training culminated when he was awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate. Remaining in HMAS Newcastle he conducted various roles and participated in various exercises and operations through to 2006 in what was an extremely high tempo period for the ship. Notably, during his second operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in 2005, Lieutenant Commander Simeoni was awarded a Maritime Commander’s Commendation for leading the first extended coalition boarding and security teams in the Khawr Abd Allah riverine in Iraq as part of Operation CATALYST.

In 2007, following a brief period as a Duty Fleet Operations Officer in Maritime Command, Lieutenant Commander Simeoni was selected to lead the Career Promotions Team in Defence Force Recruiting, Melbourne. He returned to Maritime Warfare training for a short period as an assistant Principal Warfare Officer in HMAS Arunta, before being selected at short notice to be the Navy Guard Commander in Australia’s Federation Guard where he lead the tri-service ceremonial contingent to the Gallipoli Peninsula to commemorate Anzac Day in 2011.

Lieutenant Commander Simeoni returned to HMAS Watson in 2012 to complete the Principal Warfare Officer course, specialising in Surface and Sub-surface warfare. Following the course in 2013 the Ship’s Company of HMAS Canberra was formed with Lieutenant Commander Simeoni as the Gunnery Officer. During the posting Lieutenant Commander Simeoni was key to the introduction in to service, and Commissioning of HMAS Canberra, the first Landing Helicopter Dock and largest ship in the RAN. This period also saw him conduct various detachments to other ships and on various exercises, including Exercise CROIX DU SUD where he was the Staff Officer for Operations and Plans for Commander Australian Amphibious Task Group.

In 2016 Lieutenant Commander Simeoni was selected for a Staff Officer role in the Commander UK Task Group’s Battle Staff in Plymouth, UK. The two years saw significant operational deployments and exercises throughout the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Of note the Battle Staff conducted an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf, commanding the UK and US Task Force 50, with Lieutenant Commander Simeoni as the Operations Officer for the Sea Combat Commander.

2018 saw Lieutenant Commander Simeoni return to Australia and to HMAS Watson where his Battle Staff and Task Group experience was put to good use in the School of Maritime Warfare as the Officer In Charge of the Principal Warfare Officer Faculty.

Lieutenant Commander Simeoni was selected for Command shortly after commencing this post, and assumed Command of HMAS Albany on 1 July 2019.