Lieutenant Commander James Brewster

Lieutenant Commander James Brewster joined the Royal Australia Navy in July 2003 and graduated from New Entry Officers’ Course at HMAS Creswell in December of that year. During his primary qualification training he served in HMA Ships Kanimbla, Balikpapan and Westralia before being awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate (BWC) in HMAS Yarra.

Following award of his BWC qualification, the then Lieutenant Brewster served in the Huon Class mine counter measures vessels HMA Ships Yarra, Huon and Hawkesbury where he participated in various international mine warfare exercises and a number of fisheries and border security patrols. Lieutenant Brewster achieved his frigate endorsement in HMAS Newcastle in 2008 and later served in HMAS Sydney following a posting to Maritime Operations Branch as Assistance Operations Co-ordinator then as Surface Forces Planner.

On completion of Mine Warfare Officer’s course in 2012 he served as the Operations Officer in Huon before specialising as a Principal Warfare Officer - Mine Warfare. A brief posting as second-in-charge of the deployable mine warfare support team (MGDST) followed, broadening his understanding of modern remote and autonomous MCM systems. It was during this posting that he joined the Commander Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group’s (COMAUSMCDTG) staff embarked in USS Anchorage for Exercise RIMPAC. Brewster joined HMAS Yarra as the Executive Officer in 2014.

In 2016, Brewster was temporarily promoted to Lieutenant Commander upon joining Navy Capability at Russell Offices in Canberra. Here he worked in a capability management role as Staff Officer Two Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving. Brewster’s long-term career plan is to return to capability and project management roles which he enjoys. Lieutenant Commander Brewster is studying a Masters of Business through the University of New South Wales.

In 2018, Brewster was substantively promoted to Lieutenant Commander prior to assuming Command of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston (III).