Lieutenant Commander Matthew Hams

LCDR Matthew Hams

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Hams enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy in 1988 as a Radar Plotter. On completing initial category training, he was posted to HMAS Brisbane (II), with follow on postings to HMA Ships Sydney (IV), and Darwin.

During these postings as a sailor, he received additional category and sub-specialist training as a Transit and Approach Controller (TRAC), Anti-Submarine Aircraft Controller (ASAC), Combat Systems Supervisor, and Aircraft Interceptor Controller (AIC).

After some careful consideration and continued guidance from Command and Divisional Staff, Petty Officer Hams took a Commission and was promoted to Sub Lieutenant in 2002.

Sub Lieutenant Hams continued his career progression obtaining BNC/BWC in HMAS Canberra (II) where all phases of SEAAC were undertaken. Post BWC consolidation was conducted in HMAS Warramunga (II) where he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004.

After consolidating as an Officer of the Watch, Lieutenant Hams undertook the Principal Warfare Officers Course in 2005 and subsequently served in HMA Ships Darwin, Perth (III), and Warramunga (II). Due to manpower shortages at the time, the majority of these postings were undertaken as the sole PWO while also performing the duties as Operations Officer. The highlight of these postings was the Commissioning of HMAS Perth (III) in 2006.

Throughout all of these various sea postings, Lieutenant Hams has participated in various Exercises and Operations. Some of which included two Operation DAMASK, one Operation SLIPPER, one Operation TREK, numerous Operation RELEX/RESOLUTE, five Exercise RIMPAC and other various major exercises and regional engagements.

March 2011, Lieutenant Hams transferred to the Naval Reserve for a hiatus from permanent service, working as a Police Officer in Western Australia (WAPOL) where he earned a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing). During this period, the then First Class Constable Hams was instrumental with the introduction into service of unmarked Police Motorbikes and their employment in reduction of Distracted Driver behaviour. He was also awarded the G20 Citation for his role within the WAPOL contingent to Queensland supporting the 2014 G20 security effort.

Returning to permanent service in 2016, Lieutenant Hams was posted straight back to sea in HMAS Ballarat (II) as her Operations Officer. Ballarat (II) successfully completed ASMD upgrade, participation in Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT during her Sea Qualification Trial period, Unit Readiness workup, then various international exercises and the inaugural Task Group certification with HMAS Canberra (III), rounding off a busy but rewarding return to naval service.

Lieutenant Hams posted in 2017 as Officer-in-Charge of the School of Maritime Warfare - West overseeing Initial Entry Sailors (CSOs) and the conduct of Mk3E Systems training. This was followed by a posting to the Surface Combatant Group, FFH Capability Element as Staff Officer Current Operations.

After years of hard work and dedication, LEUT Hams was rewarded with selection as Commanding Officer of HMAS Maryborough (II) and promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

Lieutenant Commander Hams assumed Command of HMAS Maryborough (II) in January 2020.