Michael Noonan (admiral)

Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan, AO (born 13 December 1966) is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy and the current Chief of Navy since 6 July 2018. He previously served as Commander Border Protection Command from 2013 to 2015, and Deputy Chief of Navy from January 2016 until March 2018.

Michael Joseph Noonan
Mike Noonan in September 2014
Born (1966-12-13) 13 December 1966
Melbourne, Victoria
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1984–present
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Navy (2018–)
Deputy Chief of Navy (2016–18)
Border Protection Command (2013–16)
HMAS Parramatta (2003–05)
Battles/warsInternational Force for East Timor
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Operation Resolute
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Commendation for Distinguished Service (2)
Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)

Early life

Noonan was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 13 December 1966 to Michael Joseph Noonan and his wife Valerie Jean (née Maskell). He was educated at Miami and Keebra Park State High Schools on the Queensland Gold Coast. Noonan holds postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration, Maritime Policy, Marketing Communications and International Relations from the Queensland University of Technology, Universities of Wollongong and Canberra, and Salve Regina University, respectively. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[1]

Noonan has been married to Jan since 17 December 1994. They have two daughters.[1]

Noonan joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a midshipman in 1984.[1] He was the commissioning commanding officer of HMAS Parramatta, commanding her from 2003.[2] He became Director of Sailor's Career Management in 2006, Chief of Staff in Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 in 2008 and Commodore Training (COMTRAIN) for the Royal Australian Navy and the Director-General of Operations at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command in 2009.[2]

Noonan was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service on two occasions, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.[3][4][5]

Noonan went on to be Commander Border Protection Command in 2013 and Deputy Chief of Navy in 2016.[2] On 16 April 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that Noonan would succeed Vice Admiral Tim Barrett as Chief of Navy. Noonan was promoted vice admiral and appointed Chief of Navy on 6 July 2018.[6]

Noonan was advanced to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.[7]


  1. "Rear Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. "Rear Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. Commendation for Distinguished Service – 9 June 2003 Citation: For distinguished performance of duty as the Chief of Staff to the Australian National Command Headquarters in the Middle East during Operation SLIPPER.
  4. Commendation for Distinguished Service – 26 January 2010 Citation: For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force 633, Middle East Area of Operations from September 2008 to March 2009.
  5. Member of the Order of Australia – 11 June 2012 Citation: For exceptional performance of duty and leadership as Director General Operations, Headquarters Joint Operations Command and as Director Military Strategic Commitments.
  6. Greene, Andrew (16 April 2018). "Angus Campbell will be Australia's next Chief of Defence". ABC News. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. "NOONAN, Michael Joseph". It's An Honour. Australian Government. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
Chief of Navy
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Michael van Balen
Deputy Chief of Navy
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Mark Hammond
Preceded by
Rear Admiral David Johnston
Commander Border Protection Command
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Peter Laver
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