Lieutenant Commander Mark Northcote

Mark Northcote joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman, in April 1996 with the aim of becoming a Mine Clearance Diving Officer. After initial training billets and courses he joined HMS Marlborough, a Type 23 Frigate, as the Ship’s Diving Officer in 1999. In 2000 he commenced the Long Minewarfare and Clearance Diving course which he completed in 2001and joined HMS Quorn as the Operations Officer and immediately deployed to the Middle East, passing through the Suez Canal on September 12th 2001. In 2003 he was selected for his first overseas exchange posting and became the Executive Officer of HMAS Gascoyne in 2004 where he had a very enjoyable time deploying to the Solomon Islands on Operation ANODE. Returning to the UK in 2005 to become the Officer in Charge of Southern Diving Unit 1 a position he held for nearly four years.

Promotion to Lieutenant Commander came in 2009 and on completion of the Advanced Minewarfare Course became the MCM and Diving advisor to UKMCC based in Bahrain. Following postings included 1st Lieutenant in HMS Albion and Assistant Chief of Staff to CTF 152, based in Kuwait, before being selected for a second overseas posting which would again be in Australia as Staff Officer Force Protection.

After a very enjoyable 18 years in the Royal Navy which included deployments to the West Indies, Northern Russia, the Baltic, numerous trips to the Mediterranean and Middle East and two postings to Australia he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2014. His first posting in the Royal Australian Navy was in the Australian Mine Clearance and Diving Group (AUSMCDGP) as the SO2 Capability Manager for the Mine Hunter Coastals (MHC) before assuming command of HMAS Diamantina in June 2016.