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Davyd Thomas

Davyd Rhys Thomas
Born (1956-05-02) 2 May 1956 (age 68)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy (1974–2011)
Years of service1974–2011
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldDeputy Chief of Navy (2008–11)
Australian Defence College (2007–08)
Commander Australian Fleet (2005–07)
Commodore Flotillas (2004–05)
HMAS Newcastle (2001–02)
HMAS Darwin (1994–96)
Battles/warsGulf War

War in Afghanistan

AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Other workPresident of the Australian Naval Institute (2008–11)
Member of the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board (2011–present)
Vice President of Austal (2012–present)

Rear Admiral Davyd Rhys Thomas, AO, CSC (born 2 May 1956) is a retired senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Naval career

Davyd Rhys Thomas was born on 2 May 1956 in Newcastle, New South Wales,[1] and joined the Royal Australian Navy College from that city in 1974. After gaining a Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1978, he served as executive officer of HMAS Aware, a Darwin-based patrol boat.

Thomas was promoted to lieutenant in 1979, during which time he commenced his warfare training, and served on HMAS Brisbane. A short stint on the staff at the RAN Apprentice Training Establishment, prior to professional warfare specialist training in the United Kingdom, followed in 1983.

Upon his return to Australia, Thomas served as the operations officer on HMAS Vampire, and later on HMAS Perth as Gunnery Officer. He then completed the RAN Staff Course in 1987, and was subsequently employed as the surface weapons trials officer at the RAN's Test and Evaluation Centre in Sydney.

Thomas was then posted as executive officer of HMAS Adelaide, and participated in the first RAN contingent to the Persian Gulf in 1990, as part of Operation Desert Shield; he was promoted to commander in December 1990.

He then served in Western Australia as the operations officer at Fleet Base West. In September 1994, Thomas assumed command of HMAS Darwin, based on the West Coast.

In the Australia Day Honour's List of 1997, Thomas was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross[2] and was promoted to captain in July of the same year. March 1999 saw him posted as Director of Naval Officers' Postings, until assuming command of HMAS Newcastle in March 2001.

As the commanding officer of Newcastle during Operation Slipper in the Persian Gulf, Thomas conducted maritime interdiction in support of coalition forces enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq. For this he was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in June 2003.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of commodore and made a Member of the Order of Australia in mid-2002 for "exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy".[4] He later assumed the position of Commodore Flotillas and Commander Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (Maritime) in February 2004.

Thomas was promoted to rear admiral and appointed to the position of Maritime Commander Australia (MCAUST) in July 2005; in 2007 this position was renamed Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT).

On 3 August 2007, Thomas assumed command of the Australian Defence College, which on 14 January 2008 became Joint Education, Training and Warfare (JETW) Command (which encompasses the Australian Defence College Headquarters, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Australian Command and Staff College, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and the ADF Warfare Centre).[5][6]

Thomas assumed the duties of Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) on 6 June 2008. In the Australia Day Honours List of 2009, Thomas was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service as Commodore Flotillas, Maritime Commander Australia, Commander Australian Fleet and Commander, Australian Defence College.[7] He relinquished the post of DCN on 18 February 2011 to Rear Admiral Trevor Jones.[8]

Honours and awards

Ribbon Description Notes
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Australia Day Honours List 2009[7]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Queen's Birthday Honours List 2002[4]
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) Australia Day Honours List 1997[2]
Commendation for Distinguished Service Queen's Birthday Honours List 2003[3]
Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT and IRAQ 2003 clasps
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal with KUWAIT clasp
Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star 40 plus years service
Australian Defence Medal


  1. ^ "Davyd Rhys Thomas". RAN Admirals. Royal Australian Navy. Archived from the original on 30 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b It's an Honour Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine – Conspicuous Service Cross – 26 January 1997
  3. ^ a b It's an Honour Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine – Commendation for Distinguished Service – 9 June 2003
    Citation: For distinguished performance of duty as the Commanding Officer, HMAS NEWCASTLE, in the Persian Gulf during Operation SLIPPER.
  4. ^ a b It's an Honour Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine – Member of the Order of Australia – 10 June 2002
    Citation: For exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy as a senior Naval Officer through personal commitment and dedication to professional excellence.
  5. ^ "JETW Command". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  6. ^ History of the ADC Archived 7 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b It's an Honour Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine – Officer of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2009
  8. ^ "Deputy Chief of Navy". Defence Leaders. Department of Defence. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
Military offices Preceded byRear Admiral Russ Crane Deputy Chief of Navy 2008–2011 Succeeded byRear Admiral Trevor Jones Preceded byNew positionReplaces Commander Australian Defence College Commander Joint Education, Training and Warfare January – May 2008 Succeeded byRear Admiral James Goldrick Preceded byBrigadier Brian Dawson (acting) Commander Australian Defence College 2007–2008 Succeeded byNoneReplaced by Commander Joint Education, Training and Warfare Preceded byNew positionReplaces Maritime Commander Australia Commander Australian Fleet 2007 Succeeded byRear Admiral Nigel Coates Preceded byRear Admiral Rowan Moffitt Maritime Commander Australia 2005–2007 Succeeded byNoneReplaced by Commander Australian Fleet
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