David Johnston (admiral)

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David Johnston
160706-N-FK070-001 Adm. Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, conducts an office call with Vice Adm. David Johnston.jpg
Johnston (left) with US Admiral Scott H. Swift in July 2016
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1980 – present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Joint Operations
Border Protection Command
HMAS Newcastle
HMAS Adelaide
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
War against ISIL
Awards Member of the Order of Australia
Commendation for Distinguished Service

Vice Admiral David Lance Johnston AM is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy, serving as Chief of Joint Operations since 20 May 2014. He has previously been posted as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation Slipper and Commander Border Protection Command.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Johnston graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982 and subsequently served as Commanding Officer of the frigates, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS HMAS Newcastle. The latter command included deployment on Operation Quickstep to Fiji in 2006.[2]

His staff appointments include Command and Control specialist staff positions in Australian Defence Headquarters, Operations Manager at Sailors' Career Management and later as Director Joint Plans in Strategic Operations Division, where he developed the military response options for consideration by the government. In July 2007 on promotion to commodore he joined Fleet Headquarters as Commodore Flotillas where he was responsible for planning of maritime operations and the operational training and preparedness of navy's ships, submarines and diving teams.[2] In 2008 he performed the Deputy Coalition Force Maritime Component Commander role and Australian National Commander for Exercise RIMPAC 08. In November 2008 Commodore Johnston assumed the role of J3 (Director General Operations) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. This role encompassed the operational level execution of all Australian Defence Force operations both overseas and within Australia.[2]

In October 2010, he deployed to Operation Slipper in the Middle East Area of Operations as the Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633. He supported the Commander JTF in providing national command oversight of all Australian Defence Force elements conducting maritime, land and air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was promoted to rear admiral in March 2011 to perform the role of Deputy Commander of the Combined AS/US Task Force for Exercise Talisman Sabre and assumed the role of Deputy Chief Joint Operations Command on 6 June 2011. He commanded the Defence operations that supported CHOGM 2011 and the visit to Australia by the President of the United States of America, also in 2011. Johnston was appointed Commander Border Protection Command in December 2011.[2]

Johnston holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the United States Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian Defence College.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Australian Service Medal ribbon.png AUS OSM Border Service.PNG DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Decoration Award Details Notes
Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2012 Australia Day Honours [3]
Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Commendation for Distinguished Service 2012 Australia Day Honours [4]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT clasp
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
AUS OSM Border Service.PNG Operational Service Medal for Border Protection
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 3 clasps 35–39 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Chief of Joint Operations announced" (Press release). Australia: Department of Defence. 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rear Admiral David Johnston". Our people: Biographies. Royal Australian Navy, Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2012.  Citation: For exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior Naval and Joint operational staff appointments.
  4. ^ "Commendation for Distinguished Service". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2012.  Citation: For distinguished performance of duty in warlike operations as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operations SLIPPER and KRUGER from October 2010 to March 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Ash Power
Chief of Joint Operations
2014 –
Incumbent
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Tim Barrett
Commander Border Protection Command
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Michael Noonan