Lieutenant Commander Patrick Bernard-Chandler

LCDR Patrick Bernard-Chandler

Born in December 1966 in Toowoomba Queensland, Lieutenant Commander Patrick William Bernard-Chandler, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Recruit Radar Plotter on 4 January 1983 at HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle, Western Australia. During his career as a sailor he served in the Charles F Adams Class Destroyer HMAS Perth for the majority of his sea time, with a brief period in HMAS Brisbane. When reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer he served in the Adelaide Class FFG HMAS Canberra.

His shore postings have included Fleet Headquarters, Defence Force Recruiting as a Careers Advisor, Sea Training Group, five years at HMAS Watson as the Combat Systems Supervisor Advance Course Instructor and the Directorate of Sailors Career Management Fleet Base East as the Career Manager for Combat System and Combat Systems Mine Warfare sailors.

In 2009 Patrick chose to apply for a commission as a Seaman Officer. During his training he served in HMA Ships Anzac, Armidale, Bathurst and Newcastle and had the opportunity to participate in international exercises and two border patrol operations. After being awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate in Newcastle in June 2012 he posted ashore for a few months before joining HMAS Gascoyne as the Signals Communications Officer.  While serving in Gascoyne he had the opportunity to complete the Singaporean Mine Hunting Officers Course in 2013. Since then he has completed Principal Warfare Officer training in 2015 and served as Operations Officer 2015-2016 and Executive Officer 2017-2018 in HMAS Yarra. Patrick was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in December 2018 and posted to Maritime Operations as an exercise planner.

In May 2019 he was selected as Commanding Officer of HMAS Armidale (II) and assumed Command in December 2019.