David Shackleton (admiral)

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David John Shackleton
Born (1948-03-02) 2 March 1948 (age 66)
Leeds, United Kingdom
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1966–2002
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Navy (1999–02)
HMAS Brisbane (1992)
HMAS Derwent (1989)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Vice Admiral David John Shackleton AORAN (born 2 March 1948) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), who served as Chief of Navy from 1999 to 2002.

Naval career[edit]

David Shackleton joined the Navy from Adelaide, South Australia, in 1966 under Supplementary List (Executive) Scheme, and saw service in Vietnam while qualifying as a seaman officer.[1] He was given command of the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent in 1988,[2] was the Maritime commander for the opposing forces during Exercise Kangaroo 1989, and reached the rank of captain in 1989. He commanded the destroyer HMAS Brisbane from 1991 to 1992,[2] and was promoted to commodore in 1993.

He is a graduate of the RAN Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College, and has earned a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from Monash University.[2] He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was promoted to rear admiral in 1998,[1] and then vice admiral and Chief of Navy in 1999.[2] He initiated various organisational changes across the Navy.[2]

He was a senior Navy witness to the Senate Enquiry into the Children overboard affair.[3] He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000,[4] and Commander in the United States Legion of Merit in 2001. He retired from the RAN in 2002.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Vietnam Medal ribbon.png DFSM with Rosette x 4.png

National Medal with Rosette x 2.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1992
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975
Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Medal
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 Rosette's for 35 years of service
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medalw with 2 Rosette's for 35 years of service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal 2006
Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal (South Vietnam)
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Donald Chalmers
Chief of Navy
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie