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Richard Menhinick

Richard Menhinick
Royal Australian Navy Commodore Richard Menhinick (left), commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College, presents U.S. Naval War College (NWC) President Rear Adm. John Christenson, right, with an official gift containing sand from the Gallipoli battlefield.
Menhinick (left)
BornBelfast, England
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1976–2016
Commands heldAustralian Command and Staff College
Task Force 150
Director General Navy Transformation & Innovation
HMAS Anzac
Sea Power Centre
HMAS Warramunga
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsMember of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Commendation for Distinguished Service

Commodore Richard Temple Menhinick AM, CSC is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Naval career

He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976, finishing his training in 1980 he underwent training as a Principal Warfare Officer and in 1983 was posted as the naval Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Tasmania, Sir James Plimsoll. Menhinick went on to serve as exchange officer with the Royal Navy on board HMS Cardiff.

Menhinick served as the commanding officer of HMAS Anzac, HMAS Warramunga and served as the executive officer of HMAS Hobart.

He was serving as the Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College until 2012 when he handed over to Brigadier Peter Gates.

Honours and awards

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 26 January 2012[1]
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) 26 January 2000[2]
Commendation for Distinguished Service [3]
Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal
Defence Force Service Medal with 4 Rosette's for 35–39 years of service
Australian Defence Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star For HMAS Brisbane during the Gulf War


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