Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Graney

LCDR Nicholas Graney

Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania, Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Graney joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2005. After initial training at the Naval College he attended ADFA, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography in 2008.

After completing Junior Warfare and Navigation training, LCDR Graney posted to HMAS Anzac (FFH-150) for award of his Bridge Warfare Certificate in 2010 and then posted to HMAS Perth (FFH-157) for further consolidation including missile and radar trials as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade project in Hawaii.

In 2012, LCDR Graney posted to Darwin as the Executive Officer and Boarding Officer of the Patrol Boat Crew ATTACK SIX serving across multiple platforms during a particularly busy period involved in Operation RESOLUTE. During this time conducting Border Protection operations he was awarded the Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence for his conduct.

LCDR Graney conducted Air Battlespace Manager training at the RAAF School of Air Warfare at East Sale in 2014, completing Navy Fighter Controller course and subsequently posting to 3 Control and Reporting Unit at RAAF Base Williamtown as OIC of the Fleet Fighter Controller Element. During this time, he was deployed both within Australia and overseas supporting Navy and Air Force exercises.

LCDR Graney continued studies throughout this period, completing a Masters in Strategy and Security prior to conducting Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) course in 2017.

LCDR Graney graduated as a PWO(A) and posted to the HMAS Newcastle (FFG-06) as the Gunnery Officer. He then took on duties as the Directions Officer and Operations Officer (OPSO) in Newcastle in 2018 and was the decommissioning OPSO for the ship in 2019 after completing a successful INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR deployment throughout South East Asia.

LCDR Graney subsequently posted as a Warfare Instructor for a brief stint at the School of Maritime Warfare until being selected as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Launceston, assuming the role in January 2020.

LCDR Graney enjoys an active lifestyle, including a keen interest in running, hiking and travelling overseas whenever the opportunity arises.