David Shackleton (admiral)
David John Shackleton
|Born||2 March 1948 (age 66)
City of Leeds, England
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1966 – 2002 (36 years)|
|Commands held||Chief of Navy
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
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. He was given command of the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent in 1988, 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, 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 an MBA (Executive) from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He was a senior Navy witness to the Senate Enquiry into the Children overboard affair. He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000, and Commander in the U.S Legion of Merit in 2001. He retired from the navy in 2002.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||1992|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 Rosette's||for 35 years of service|
|National Medalw with 2 Rosette's||for 35 years of service|
|Australian Defence Medal||2006|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal||(South Vietnam)|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit||(United States)|
Vice Admiral Donald Chalmers
|Chief of Navy
1999 – 2002
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie