Our Patron

Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, AFSM, RAN (Rtd)

Our PatronThe Patron of the Association is Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, AFSM, RAN (Rtd).

During his 40 years service with the Royal Australian Navy (1954 – 1994) Vice Admiral MacDougall commanded submarines, a guide missile destroyer a fleet tanker, the Submarine Squadron and the Australian Fleet.

He was promoted to Commander in 1973, Captain in 1979, Commodore in 1986 and Rear Admiral in January 1989.

He was Director of Submarine Policy between 1982 and 1984 and Director General of Joint Operations and Plans for the Australian Defence Force 1986 – 87, contributing to the successful integration of the three arms for operations.

From January 1989 to July 1990 Admiral MacDougall served as Maritime Commander Australia. One of the highlights of his time in command of the Fleet was attendance at Gallipoli at the 75th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings in 1915. Another key event was Kangaroo `89, then Australia’s largest ever peacetime exercise. He then took up the position of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

Following his appointment as Chief of the Naval Staff in March 1991, Vice Admiral MacDougal oversaw some 15,000 uniformed personnel and 5,100
departmental civilians.

He is a graduate of the US Naval War College (1980) and was an occasional external student at the University of New England, reading history.

He was appointed a Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 1993. In the 2000 Australia Day Honours list, he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal.

During his time in the Royal Australian Navy, Admiral MacDougall also won the accolades of other naval  services. He was awarded the Order of the Crown of Thailand, First Class, Knight Grand Cross for "his exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding service in the position of grave responsibility in defence of the free world", and a prestigious military award from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for "his distinctive professional achievements and his personal endeavours for the improvement of relations between Australia and Pakistan and the Navies of the two countries."

He is a First Fleeter, Sydney (1788) First Settler Norfolk Island, (1789),
First Settler Melbourne, (1803), and First Settler Hobart Town, (1804).

Ian Mac Dougall retired to Tasmania in 2003.


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