Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander

Lieutenant Commander Callander joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 as a Radio Operator, and served ashore as a sailor in Naval Communications Stations Darwin and Canberra, and at sea in Her Majesty’s Australian Ships Newcastle and Gladstone, attaining the rank of Leading Seaman.

In 2003 Lieutenant Commander Callander received his Commission as a Maritime Warfare Officer. Postings to HMAS Melbourne, Melville and Leeuwin followed, and on promotion to Lieutenant he was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMAS Labuan. He then joined Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour as the Navigating Officer before assuming responsibilities as Executive Officer. Shore postings to Maritime Operations as the Mine Hunter, Hydrographic, and Patrol Boat Force Planner, HMAS Creswell as Divisional Officer Jervis Division, and a deployment to Headquarters Northern Command as Battle Watch Captain followed.

Lieutenant Commander Callander returned to Young Endeavour as the Operations Officer, and then joined Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane as an Interviewing Officer. After promotion to Lieutenant Commander in June 2018, he once again returned to Young Endeavour, assuming command in July 2018.

Lieutenant Commander Callander has spent the majority of his Naval Career at sea, deploying for Operations CRANBERRY, RELEX I, RELEX II, and RESOLUTE in the Northern Australia region, conducting Border Protection activities. He saw active service in North Arabian Gulf as part of Operation CATALYST, and has also deployed to the Sub Antarctic, the South West Pacific and South East Asia.

In 2015 Lieutenant Commander Callander achieved a career highlight, completing a circumnavigation of the world in Young Endeavour as Sail Master for her World Voyage. During this 15 month deployment the 44 metre brigantine rounded Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, crossed the Southern Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, and completed transits of the Mediterranean and North Seas. The ship was in Rio de Janeiro for Carnivale, off Anzac Cove, Gallipoli for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations, and participated in tall ship races and sailing festivals in the North Sea and Scandinavia.

Lieutenant Commander Callander received commendations for his performance in HMAS Gladstone, Hydrographic Survey Red Crew, HMAS Labuan and STS Young Endeavour, and was awarded the Commander Bruce McRae Sword for Outstanding leadership, Officer like qualities and peerless good influence.

Priding himself on keeping physically fit, Lieutenant Commander Callander is a keen triathlete, cyclist and runner.