David John Shackleton
|Born||2 March 1948|
Leeds, United Kingdom
|Service/||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1966–2002|
|Commands held||Chief of Navy (1999–02)|
HMAS Brisbane (1992)
HMAS Derwent (1989)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Shackleton was born in Leeds, United Kingdom, on 2 March 1948 to Ernest Shackleton and Elise Wilson. The family immigrated to Australia in 1959 and settled in Adelaide, where Shackleton was educated at Croydon High School.
Shackleton joined the Navy in 1966 under Supplementary List (Executive) Scheme, and saw service in Vietnam while qualifying as a seaman officer. He was given command of the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent in 1988, was the Maritime commander for the opposing forces during Exercise Kangaroo 1989, and reached the rank of captain in 1989. He commanded the destroyer HMAS Brisbane from 1991 to 1992, and was promoted to commodore in 1993.
He is a graduate of the RAN Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College, and has earned a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He was a senior Navy witness to the Senate Enquiry into the Children overboard affair. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000, and Commander of the United States Legion of Merit in 2001. He retired from the RAN in 2002.
Shackleton was appointed to the Defence SA Advisory Board in South Australia in 2007, the year of its establishment.
Vice Admiral Donald Chalmers
| Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie
Commonwealth Naval Forces
|First Naval Members,|
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
|Chiefs of the Naval Staff|
|Chiefs of Navy|