Rear Admiral Jonathan Earley

Commander Australian Fleet (2022 - )

Rear Admiral Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer in January 1990 from Perth, Western Australia. He has deployed extensively on many maritime operations and exercises throughout Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East as well the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.

His command appointments have included the Anzac Class frigate, HMAS Ballarat (2011-12) and the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Adelaide (2017-18). In 2017 he was also appointed as the Task Group Commander for the Australian Defence Force’s inaugural Indo-Pacific Endeavour regional engagement activity, a high profile event that witnessed the largest Australian joint-maritime task group to have deployed to Asia in over 40 years.

Ashore, Earley has also served in a variety of challenging staff roles at the operational and strategic level. Notable appointments have included tenures as the Director-General United States Force Posture Initiatives and the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Navy and Director of Maritime Operations located in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

Earley assumed the role of Deputy Fleet Commander in January 2021. He subsequently assumed the position of Commander Australian Fleet in June 2022 and was promoted rear admiral on 17 July 2022.

Earley is a distinguished graduate of the Australian War College, having completed the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2008 and the Defence Strategic Studies Course in 2019. For the latter course he was awarded the Deakin University Academic Excellence prize for his research into the Australia-US security relationship in the Indo-Pacific.