Michael Hudson (admiral)

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Admiral
Michael Wyndham Hudson
AC, RAN
ADM Mike Hudson, RAN.jpg
Nickname(s) Mike
Born 10 March 1933
Taree, NSW, Australia
Died 27 February 2005 (2005-02-28) (aged 71)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Australia.svg Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1947–1991 (44 years)
Rank Generic-Navy-O11.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
HMAS Melbourne
HMAS Stalwart
HMAS Brisbane
HMAS Vendetta
Battles/wars Korean War
Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Other work National President of the Naval Association of Australia
Rear Admiral David Martin standing second left beside then Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Michael Hudson at right. (1986)

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Service history[edit]

Hudson joined the Royal Australian Naval College as a cadet midshipman in January 1947. Graduating three years later with the King's Medal, he decided to specialise in navigation.[1]

As a midshipman, Hudson was posted to HMAS Sydney, which included a six month deployment for service in the Korean War.[2]

Hudson proceeded to command HMA Ships Brisbane, Stalwart, Melbourne, and Vendetta, which included a posting as Fleet Operations Officer during the Vietnam War,[3] 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.[4] On 11 June 1984 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service in this position.[5]

Hudson was promoted to vice admiral and was appointed Chief of Naval Staff on 21 April 1985.[4] 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.[4] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia on 13 June 1987.[6]

To honour his distinguished forty-four years of service to the Navy, Prime Minister Bob Hawke promoted Hudson to the rank of admiral on the day of his retirement - 8 March 1991.[7]

Later life[edit]

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[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png

Korea Medal.svg United Nations Service Medal for Korea Ribbon.svg General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg Vietnam Medal BAR.svg

Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png National Medal with Rosette x 2.png Pingat Jasa Malaysia ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 13 June 1987 [6]
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 11 June 1984 [5]
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975
Korea Medal.svg Korea Medal
United Nations Service Medal for Korea Ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
Vietnam Medal BAR.svg Vietnam Medal
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945–1975
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star for 40–44 years service
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medal with 2 clasps Medal (14 July 1977) [8]
1st Clasp (14 July 1977) [9]
2nd Clasp (9 March 1991) [10]
for a total of 35 years of service
Pingat Jasa Malaysia ribbon.png Pingat Jasa Malaysia (Malaysia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Navy News - Final farewell for Admiral". Navy News. Royal Australian Navy. 
  2. ^ Korean War Nominal Roll, www.koreanroll.gov.au
  3. ^ Vietnam War Nominal Roll, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  4. ^ a b c "Obituary - Admiral Mike Hudson AC, RAN Retd. 1933 – 2005". Naval Historical Review. 
  5. ^ a b 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
  6. ^ a b 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
  7. ^ Australian Naval History on 8 March 1991, Naval Historical Society of Australia
  8. ^ It's an Honour - National Medal, 14 July 1977
  9. ^ It's an Honour - National Medal, 1st Clasp, 14 July 1977
  10. ^ It's an Honour - National Medal, 2nd Clasp, 9 March 1991

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral David Leach
Chief of Naval Staff
1985–1991
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall
Preceded by
Rear Admiral John Stevens
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Woolrych