Nigel Coates (admiral)
|Nigel Stephen Coates|
Rear Admiral Nigel Coates in March 2008
|Born||8 March 1959|
|Died||2 June 2010
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1975–2010|
|Commands held||Commander Australian Fleet
Director General Navy Personnel
Director General Australian Navy Cadets
|Awards||Member of the Order of Australia|
Early life and education
Coates joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1975. For the first 15 years of his career he served as aide-de-camp to the Governor General, received Principal Warfare Officer and other training, served on HMA Ships Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin, and at Maritime Headquarters (MHQ) in Sydney.
In 1993, he was promoted to commander and served at the Australian Defence Force Academy, initially as Senior Military Instructor, and then as Commanding Officer of the Corps of Officer Cadets. In 1996 he assumed command of HMAS Canberra, in 1998 he assumed command of Sea Training at MHQ, and in 1999 attended the US Naval War College.
In 2001 he was promoted to captain and assumed command of HMAS Anzac, which saw operational deployment in the Persian Gulf; Coates was subsequently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for this service.
In mid-2002 he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force in Canberra, and in late 2003 he was promoted to commodore and appointed Chief of Staff, at Headquarters Australian Theatre in Sydney. In 2005 he returned to Canberra as Director General, Navy Personnel and Training.
According to his official biography, "Coates and his wife Vickie enjoy sailing and have three children who also enjoy sailing – occasionally."
In 1996 while sailing in the Australian Capital Territory, he suffered a traumatic amputation of the top of his ring finger.
Coates was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer in late 2009, shortly after relinquishing command of the Australian Fleet. He died on 2 June 2010, aged 51, at the Medical Centre, Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Canberra. The funeral service with full naval honours was held in the Naval Dockyard Chapel, Garden Island, on 9 June 2010.
Honours and awards
- Queen's Gold Medal (Dux of RAN Initial Training course)
- Jubilee Sword (Dux of Seamen Officers training course)
- 1991 Maritime Commander's Commendation
- 1995 Chief of the Defence Force Commendation
- 1997 Gloucester Cup (Commanding officer, HMAS Canberra)
- 2001 Gloucester Cup (Commanding Officer, HMAS Anzac)
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||Australia Day Honours List 2003|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with 1 clasp|
|Australian Service Medal||with 2 (?) clasps|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
References and notes
- Australia mourns naval officer death, Ninemsn.com.au, 2 June 2010
- Nigel Coates, onlinetribute.com.au, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2010, accessed 5 June 2010.
- It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2003
Citation: For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy, particularly as Commanding Officer HMAS ANZAC during deployment on Operation SLIPPER and in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
- Minister for Defence visits Fleet Base East, Australian Defence Force media release, 14 July 2009, accessed 3 June 2010.
- Legacy Remembrance Ceremony-Sydney, Australian Defence Force media release, 2 September 2009, accessed 3 June 2010
- Change of command at Fleet Headquarters, Navy News, Vol. 52 No. 19, 15 October 2009, page 7.
- ADF biography, Defence Leaders, www.defence.gov.au
- Naval signal from Vice Admiral Russ Crane, 2 June 2010
- Refer to File:YE DSC01725.JPG
- Official photo (copyright)
- Op Catalyst ANZAC Day video
- HMAS Rankin awarded Gloucester Cup L-R: RADM Coates, MAJGEN Jeffery (Rtd), CMDR Stanford, CDRE Richard Shalders, 8 April 2008 (Hi res) (source) (copyright)
Links at http://www.navy.gov.au:
- LCDR Fenn Kemp and LEUT Angeline Lewis, Navy mourns tragic loss of RADM Nigel Coates, Navy.gov.au, 7 June 2010
- RAN farewells top Admiral with full ceremonial honours in Sydney, Navy.gov.au, 9 June 2010
- RADM Nigel Coates – Messages of Condolence
- Navy News, Volume 53, No. 10, dated 10 June 2010
- Picture as Commander Australian Fleet, taken on 17 October 2008. (copyright)
Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas
|Commander Australian Fleet
Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore
|Director General of the Australian Navy Cadets
Commodore Karel de Laat