Rear Admiral Anthony Carl Dalton

Born and educated in Victoria, Anthony 'Tony' Dalton joined the Navy in 1980 as a direct entry aviator, completing his pilot training in 1981.

Over the next 17 years he amassed over 5500 flying hours in Iroquois, Sea King, Gazelle and Seahawk helicopters making him one of the most experienced serving naval aviators. He flew on four Australian Naval Air Squadrons and spent time on exchange as an instructor pilot with the Royal Navy’s 705 Squadron. He commanded 805 Squadron in 2000-01 and the Fleet Air Arm in 2008-09. He has held various staff appointments in Navy Training Command, Navy Systems Command, Fleet Headquarters and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).

He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, class of 2003. Dalton was promoted Rear Admiral in 2012 to head the DMO's Helicopter Systems Division, responsible for the acquisition, sustainment and disposal of all the ADF's rotary-wing and tactical unmanned aerial system assets. He is currently the head of the Joint Systems Division.