Mark Tandy (RAN officer)

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Mark Raymond Tandy
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WON Mark Tandy (left, February 2010)
Born Roebourne, Western Australia
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1982 – present
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Unit Naval Headquarters – South Queensland
Commands held Warrant Officer of the Navy (2008–12)
Awards Conspicuous Service Cross

Lieutenant Commander Mark Raymond Tandy, CSC is an officer of the Royal Australian Navy. He was the Warrant Officer of the Navy from 2008 until 2012.

Early years[edit]

Tandy was born in Roebourne, Western Australia and educated in Tennant Creek and Darwin. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1982 as a radio operator.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Tandy has served as either the Communications operator or supervisor at a number of establishments and ships of the Royal Australian Navy.[2] Shore postings have included HMAS Albatross (Nowra), HMAS Coonawarra (Darwin), HMAS Harman (Canberra), HMAS Cerberus (Western Port Bay), ADF Recruiting Unit (Townsville) and Strategic Headquarters (Canberra).[2] Sea postings have included HMAS Jervis Bay, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Cessnock, HMAS Warrnambool, HMAS Dubbo and HMAS Success.[2]

In December 2002, Tandy was promoted to warrant officer and assumed the role of Operations Officer at the Naval Communications Area Master Station Australia (NAVCAMSAUS) during the Second Gulf War. On exchange with the Royal Navy in 2005, he spent four months at HMS Collingwood as a lead instructor at the Command and Training Group.[2]

Tandy was selected to be the sixth Warrant Officer of the Navy in October 2008 and took up the appointment on 19 December 2008.

During July 2012 Mark stood down as the Warrant Officer of the Navy, joining a program which allowed him to become an officer. He was appointed to the rank of lieutenant commander and has since been the Executive Officer of Naval Headquarters, South Queensland.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]

Tandy holds a Master in Maritime Studies degree from the Australian Command and Staff College at Weston Creek (2007).

In 2004, while posted as an instructor to the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, he received a Commanding Officer's Commendation, and a Navy Systems Command Quarterly Contribution award.

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CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) 13 June 2011[3]
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps 36–39 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal


  1. ^ LCDR Antony Underwood (Summer 2008). "Who's the next Warrant Officer of the Navy" (PDF). Sea Talk. 
  2. ^ a b c d Official Biography,
  3. ^ Conspicuous Service Cross, 13 June 2011, Citation: For outstanding achievement as Warrant Officer of the Navy, It's an Honour

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Military offices
Preceded by
Warrant Officer James Levay
Warrant Officer of the Navy
Succeeded by
Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger