Michael Hudson (admiral)
Michael Wyndham Hudson
|Born||10 March 1933
Taree, NSW, Australia
|Died||27 February 2005 (aged 71)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1947–1991|
|Commands held||Chief of Naval Staff
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia|
|Other work||National President of the Naval Association of Australia|
Admiral Michael Wyndham Hudson AC RAN (10 March 1933 – 27 February 2005) was a senior officer within the Royal Australian Navy, particularly notable for playing an important role in the introduction of the Collins class submarines, Anzac Class frigates and establishing two-ocean basing for ships of the RAN. He served as Chief of Naval Staff from 1985 to 1991.
Michael Hudson was born on 10 March 1933 in Taree, New South Wales. His family moved to the Sydney suburb of Mosman when he was of a young age, where he developed an early interest in the Navy, frequently watching the Naval shipping from Balmoral. His first year of secondary schooling was spent at North Sydney Boys High School.
Hudson proceeded to command HMA Ships Brisbane, Stalwart, Melbourne, and Vendetta, which included a posting as Fleet Operations Officer during the Vietnam War, having previously served a tour in the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation from 1964 to 1966.
Hudson then received a series of staff appointments in the Navy Office, firstly as Director of Naval Plans, later becoming Director of Naval Plans and Policy. He then assumed the position of Flag Officer Commanding Her Majesty's Australian Fleet. On 11 June 1984 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service in this position.
Hudson was promoted to vice admiral and was appointed Chief of Naval Staff on 21 April 1985. During his tenure, he signed contracts for the replacement of Collins class submarines, ANZAC class frigates and the Paluma class survey vessels. Also during this period, naval infrastructure was overhauled, Two-Ocean Basing commenced, and service conditions were improved. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia on 13 June 1987.
In retirement, Hudson took an active interest in the welfare of naval veterans and serving personnel. He served as National President of the Naval Association of Australia and Chairman of the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust.
Admiral Mike Hudson died at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, on 27 February 2005.
Honours and Awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||13 June 1987 |
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||11 June 1984 |
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975|
|United Nations Korea Medal|
|General Service Medal|
|Australian Service Medal 1945–1975|
|Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star||for 40–44 years service|
|National Medal with 2 clasps||Medal (14 July 1977) 
1st Clasp (14 July 1977) 
2nd Clasp (9 March 1991) 
for a total of 35 years of service
|Pingat Jasa Malaysia||(Malaysia)|
- "Navy News - Final farewell for Admiral". Navy News. Royal Australian Navy.
- Korean War Nominal Roll, www.koreanroll.gov.au
- Vietnam War Nominal Roll, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
- "Obituary - Admiral Mike Hudson AC, RAN Retd. 1933 – 2005". Naval Historical Review.
- It's an Honour - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 11 June 1984, Citation: In recognition of service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly as the Flag Officer Commanding Her Majesty's Australian Fleet
- It's an Honour - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), 13 June 1987, Citation: In recognition of service to the Royal Australian Navy as Chief of Naval Staff
- Australian Naval History on 8 March 1991, Naval Historical Society of Australia
- It's an Honour - National Medal, 14 July 1977
- It's an Honour - National Medal, 1st Clasp, 14 July 1977
- It's an Honour - National Medal, 2nd Clasp, 9 March 1991
- The Naval Association of Australia - Admiral Mike Hudson AC RAN
Vice Admiral David Leach
|Chief of Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall
Rear Admiral John Stevens
|Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Woolrych