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||13 December 1966|
|Service/||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1984–present|
|Commands held||Chief of Navy (2018–)|
Deputy Chief of Navy (2016–18)
Border Protection Command (2013–16)
HMAS Parramatta (2003–05)
|Battles/wars||International Force for East Timor|
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Commendation for Distinguished Service (2)
Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)
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.
Noonan has been married to Jan since 17 December 1994. They have two daughters.
Noonan joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a midshipman in 1984. He was the commissioning commanding officer of HMAS Parramatta, commanding her from 2003. 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.
Noonan went on to be Commander Border Protection Command in 2013 and Deputy Chief of Navy in 2016. 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.
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
| Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Michael van Balen
| Deputy Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Mark Hammond
Rear Admiral David Johnston
| Commander Border Protection Command
Rear Admiral Peter Laver
Leadership of the Australian Defence Organisation
(Headquarters: Russell Offices)
|Australian Defence Organisation|
|Australian Defence Force|
|Royal Australian Navy|
|Royal Australian Air Force|
|Department of Defence|
Australian Defence Force Military of Australia
Commonwealth Naval Forces
|First Naval Members,|
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
|Chiefs of the Naval Staff|
|Chiefs of Navy|