Lieutenant Commander Richard Currie

LCDR Richard Currie

Lieutenant Commander Richard Currie joined the Royal Australian Navy from Devonport, Tasmania as a direct entry Midshipman in July 2004. He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College the same year and, in January 2005 commenced his Seaman Officer training ashore in HMAS Watson, and at sea, in HMA Ships Westralia, Stuart, Brunei, Wewak and Arunta. In May 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Sub Lieutenant.

Following the award of his Bridge Warfare Certificate in September 2007, in the Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Arunta (II), Sub Lieutenant Currie deployed to the Middle Eastern Area of Operation as Officer of the Watch and Boarding Officer in support of Operation CATALYST.

In September 2008, on completion of his consolidation, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and posted to the Armidale Class Patrol Boat (ACPB) crews Attack Four and Attack Six as the boarding officer in support of Operation RESOLUTE. In January 2010, Lieutenant Currie posted to Headquarters Northern Command as Staff Officer 03 - Maritime Operations JTF639, taking on the role of Battle Watch Captain, Duty Operations Officer and Maritime Planner for all Operation RESOLUTE surface assets until July 2012.

After a short posting in the Adelaide Class Frigate HMAS Sydney (IV), Lieutenant Currie found his passion and calling in Navigation, successfully completing the Intermediate Navigation Course in September 2012. A subsequent posting to the ACPB crew Ardent Two, again in support of Operation RESOLUTE provided further experience in Minor War Vessels (MWV) and Border Protection Operations. A highlight during this period was assuming the duties as the MWV Task Group Navigator for the International Fleet Review in October 2013; training and guiding the international Task Group prior to leading the first line of ships in the review.

Wanting to expand his experience in the mariner profession, Lieutenant Currie completed his Diploma of Maritime Studies at the Hunter Institute, Newcastle in September 2014. This provided a well-balanced understanding of both military and commercial Navigation.

In January 2015, a posting to the Survey Motor Launch HMAS Shepparton (II) as the Navigating Officer presented Lieutenant Currie with the challenges of operating in poorly or unsurveyed waters throughout Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. In December 2015 he specialised as a Maritime Geospatial Specialist - Hydrography in HMAS Penguin, posting to HS Blue Crew in Cairns for consolidation on completion.

His passion for Navigation saw him return to Darwin as the Navigating Officer in the Patrol Boat Crew Support Squadron in September 2016. During his tenure at the squadron he served in HMA Ships Albany, Broome (II), Larrakia (II), Childers, Wollongong (III) and the Australian Defence Vessel Cape Fourcroy in support of Operations RESOLUTE and NASSE. This period provided Lieutenant Currie with the opportunity to develop and mentor Junior Warfare offices along their training continuum - a task he enjoys and takes pride in.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2018, as the Fleet Navigation and Operations Officer - North.

Lieutenant Commander Richard Currie assumed Command of ADV Cape Inscription Port Crew in January 2020.