Allan du Toit

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Allan du Toit
US Navy 070926-N-6645H-003 Capt. George Cox, Combined Maritime Forces Chief of Staff, congratulates Royal Australian Navy Commodore Allan du Toit, who relieved Rear Adm. Garry E. Hall as commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 1.jpg
Allan du Toit (right) with US Navy officers George Cox and Garry Hall
Born Durban, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa (1975–87)
 Australia (1987–)
Service/branch  South African Navy (1975–87)
 Royal Australian Navy (1987–)
Years of service 1975 – present
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Head of Navy Capability
Border Protection Command
Combined Task Force 158
HMAS Tobruk

Bougainville civil unrest

War in Afghanistan

Iraq War
Awards Member of the Order of Australia

Rear Admiral Allan Kendall du Toit AMRAN is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy,[1] currently serving as Australia's Military Representative to NATO.[2][3] Du Toit has previously served as the Commander Border Protection Command until being succeeded by Tim Barrett in February 2010.[4]

Early life[edit]

Du Toit was born and raised in Durban, South Africa and emigrated to Australia in early 1987.[1]

Military career[edit]

South African Navy[edit]

Du Toit joined the South African Navy as a midshipman in 1975 and graduated from the South African Military Academy in 1979. Du Toit went on to serve aboard frigates, submarines and mine countermeasures vessels as a mine warfare specialist and Principal Warfare Officer and was a junior member of the directing staff at the South African Naval Staff College. In 1986 he received a Chief of the South African Navy's Commendation.[5]

Royal Australian Navy[edit]

Between November 2001 and March 2002 he was the RAN Task Group Commander and became the first non-United States officer to command a multinational naval force enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List in recognition of this service as Commander of the Multinational Maritime Interception Force.[5][6]

From September 2007 to March 2008 du Toit was the commander of Coalition Task Force 158 in the Persian Gulf. In this role he commanded forces from the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Iraq and Australia.[5]

Du Toit has served in a number of joint and single service command positions, including Director General Military Strategic Commitments in 2006–07, Director General Joint Operations and Plans in 2005–06. du Toit was also the Project Officer for the Mine Hunter Coastal Project from 1993 to 1996.[1][5]

Du Toit was appointed Commander Border Protection Command on 9 May 2008[5] and served in that role until replaced by Rear Admiral Tim Barrett on 9 February 2010.[4]

On 1 February 2012, du Toit was appointed Head of Navy Capability.[1]


During his time as an officer in the South African Navy du Toit graduated from the South African Military Academy and Naval Staff College. He also studied at the Stellenbosch University where he received a Bachelor degree in Military Science.[1]

Du Toit received a Masters in Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from the University of New South Wales. He is currently undertaking part-time doctoral study at the University College, Australian Defence Force Academy.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Du Toit lives in Canberra and is married to Tessa, a radiation therapist. They have two sons. Du Toit is patron of the ADF Basketball Association and is a rugby union and cricket supporter.[5]


Du Toit wrote his first published book on warships when he was 15 years old; the book was later published while he was serving as a midshipman in the South African Navy. Du Toit has gone on to write two other books, one on warships and the other on South African naval history.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png

Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png

DLSM with Rosette x 2.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Ribbon - General Service Medal (South Africa).gif Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Bronze.gif

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2004 Australia Day Honours List, the citation reads "for exceptional command and leadership as the Commander of the Multi-national Maritime Interception Force enforcing United Nations Sanctions against Iraq as part of Operation SLIPPER".[6]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DLSM with Rosette x 2.png Defence Long Service Medal with 2 clasps (25-30 Years Service)
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Ribbon - General Service Medal (South Africa).gif General Service Medal (South Africa)
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Bronze.gif Good Service Medal (Bronze) (South Africa) for 10 years service in the Permanent Force


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rear Admiral Allan du Toit". Royal Australian Navy. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Visit of Australian delegation". NATO Support Agency. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Navy News (18 February 2010). "Rear Admiral Barrett goes from Albatross to the border". South Coast Register (Nowra, New South Wales: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Rear Admiral Allan du Toit, AM, RAN" (PDF). Border Protection Command. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "TOIT, Allan Kendall DU". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Head of Navy Capability
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Mark Campbell
Preceded by
Rear Admiral James Goldrick
Border Protection Command
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Tim Barrett