SAA Patron

Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN (Ret’d) FIEAust

Our PatronBob retired from the Navy in 1998 after nearly 35 years of service in submarines and surface warships.  After his retirement he maintained his love of the navy by active membership of the Naval Association of Australia, becoming President of the WA Section of the Naval Association of Australia then National President from 2002 to 2005.  Bob is also a member of the Submarine Institute of Australia and, in 2009, had the honour of being appointed Patron of the Submarines Association of Australia WA Branch.

Apart from his ex-navy positions he has held a number of voluntary and part-time positions which include Chairman of the Safer WA Council, Defence Business Adviser to Austal Ships Ltd, Member of the Board of Governors of the Corps of Commissionaires(WA) Inc and Member of the Executive of the Australian Industry Defence Network (WA),

He was a Member and Director of the Finding Sydney Foundation from 2002 until 2011.  For his contribution to finding the wreck of the World War Two Cruiser HMAS Sydney in 2008, which had been missing since November 1941, he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia.

In 2010 Bob accepted a voluntary management position for the Perth 2011 International Sailing Federation World Championships sailed off Fremantle in December 2011.

During his time with Austal Ships he was influential in their entry into the international defence market and to their winning construction of the WA designed and built Armidale Class Patrol Boats into the Navy.

2002 he joined the Board of HMAS Sydney Search Pty Ltd, a small team of five volunteers who were convinced that the wreck of HMAS Sydney II could be found; she disappeared with all 645 crew following a battle with the German Raider HSK Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia on 19 November 1941. This heralded a life dominating task which resulted in the discovery of the final resting places of both Kormoran and Sydney in March 2008. For his work in finding HMAS Sydney II, he was honoured with a Medal in the Order of Australia in January 2009.

Specialties: Government Liaison; Defence Capital Procurement; Not-for-Profit & Charitable Management; Veterans Advocacy; Naval History