Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt

LCDR Darren McDevitt

Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt joined the Navy in 1996 aged 21, moving from his home town of Junee, NSW, where he was an electrician, to join HMAS Cerberus as a recruit Electronics Technician.

As an Able Seaman Electronics Technician, Lieutenant Commander McDevitt served in HMA Ships Fremantle, Tobruk and Waterhen while living onboard at HMAS Penguin. The posting to HMAS Waterhen would be the start of a long association with the ‘mother hen’.

After a year of night schooling, Lieutenant Commander McDevitt commissioned to Officer in July 2000 as a pilot. After a brief posting to flight school, Lieutenant Commander McDevitt commenced training as a warfare officer, serving in HMA Ships Warramunga, Whyalla and Anzac; and a 14-month exchange to Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa, where he earned his specialisation as a warfare officer.

In 2007 Lieutenant Commander McDevitt commenced the gruelling Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving (MCD) Officer course. On completion of the course Lieutenant Commander McDevitt earned his ‘badge’, and sub-specialised as an MCD Officer, conducting subsequent postings to Australian Clearance Diving Team One, HMA Ships Yarra and Huon, and the Navy Diving School. In 2015 Lieutenant Commander McDevitt assumed the position of Executive Officer at Australian Clearance Diving Team Four in Western Australia.

On his return to Sydney Lieutenant Commander McDevitt conducted staff roles in Mine Warfare while completing his Masters in International Security and Strategy, and on promotion to Lieutenant Commander was the staff officer for Clearance Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Lieutenant Commander McDevitt assumed Command of HMAS Diamantina (II) in June 2018.