Stuart Mayer

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Stuart Campbell Mayer
Commodore Stuart Campbell Mayer, CSC, RAN.jpg
Commodore Mayer as Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, 2012
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1984 – present
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Commander Australian Fleet (2014–)
HMAS Anzac (2007–09)
HMAS Canberra (2002–04)
Battles/wars Gulf War
International Force for East Timor
Iraq War
Awards Conspicuous Service Cross & Bar
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Medal of Merit (East Timor)
Meritorious Service Medal (United States)

Rear Admiral Stuart Campbell Mayer, CSC & Bar is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy who has been the Commander Australian Fleet since 12 June 2014.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Mayer completed the Higher School Certificate in 1983 at North Sydney Boys High School. He joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1984 as a seaman specialist, on completion of initial training Mayer gained Bridge Watch-keeping Certificates on board HMAS Gladstone and HMAS Darwin. Mayer completed training as an Air Intercept Controller (AIC) and returned to sea in HMA ships Canberra and HMAS Sydney, including service aboard Sydney as Air Intercept Control Officer and Boarding Officer during that ship's operational deployment to the Persian Gulf during the 1990–91 Gulf War.[2]

In 1993 Mayer commenced training as a Principal Warfare Officer (Direction) and graduated with distinction in 1994. As Direction Officer, Mayer served aboard both HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide, undertaking a wide range of regional deployments and operations, including service as the Task Unit Operations Officer during Operation Stabilise – ADF operations in support of East Timorese independence.[2]

In January 2000 he was promoted to commander and posted to the United States as the first ADF Liaison officer to US Joint Forces Command based in Norfolk, Virginia. Mayer returned from the United States in mid-2002 and assumed command of HMAS Canberra continuing an association with that ship that included service in every rank from trainee to Commanding Officer.[2]

Mayer left HMAS Canberra in July 2004 and was promoted to the rank of captain and assumed the position of Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Maritime Headquarters (MHQ) Australia in January 2005. While posted to MHQ, Mayer was seconded to the Australian Maritime Deployable HQ staff for duties as Commander Task Group 58.1 – Northern Arabian Gulf Maritime Security Operations Commander. Mayer returned to MHQ in October 2005, resuming duties as Chief Staff Officer (Operations).[2]

In January 2007 Mayer attended the Australian Defence College and read for a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies. He assumed command of the frigate HMAS Anzac in December 2007 and completed deployments to exercise RIMPAC and to Southeast Asia as the Commander of the RAN Task Group. Mayer left Anzac in mid-2009, was promoted to commodore and appointed Commander of the multi-national International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in East Timor on 24 October 2009. Mayer returned to Sydney after this appointment and assumed duties as Commodore Flotillas at Fleet Headquarters in April 2010.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

CSC & Bar (Australia) ribbon.png

Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png INTERFET Medal ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Australian Service Medal ribbon.png AUS OSM Border Service.PNG DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Us sa-kwlib rib.png TLSM.jpeg East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png Meritorious Service ribbon.svg

AUS Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star.png

CSC & Bar (Australia) ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross & Bar (CSC & Bar) 2008,[3] 2012[4]
Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Commendation for Distinguished Service 2006[5]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
AUS OSM Border Service.PNG Operational Service Medal for Border Protection
DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Defence Force Service Medal with 3 clasps (30–35 years service)
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Us sa-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
TLSM.jpeg Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (East Timor) 25 February 2010[6]
East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png Medal of Merit (East Timor) 25 February 2010[6]
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal (United States)
AUS Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star.png Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star


Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Tim Barrett
Commander Australian Fleet
2014 – present
Succeeded by