35-year career honoured

Published on LSCD Regan Kidd (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Location(s): Navy Headquarters South Queensland

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Operation RESOLUTE, Defence Force Recruiting

Warrant Officer Mark Donlan OAM (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)
Warrant Officer Mark Donlan OAM

More than three-and-a-half decades of service were honoured in Brisbane recently, with the award of a Gold Service Medallion to a Warrant Officer of many talents. 

Warrant Officer Mark Donlan was presented with the medallion at south-east Queensland base, HMAS Moreton, acknowledging his decision to leave the Navy later in the year. Warrant Officer Donlan will serve out his final months in the Navy, helping bring in a generation of replacements for him at Defence Force Recruiting in Brisbane.

No stranger to honours, Warrant Officer Donlan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia as the inaugural Officer-in-Charge of the Local Career Management Centre at Fleet Base East in 2009.

Warrant Officer Donlan joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1982 as an Electronics Technician, and spent the first 15 years of his career in Sydney and Canberra. He spent time on the River class destroyer escorts (now dive wrecks) HMA Ships Derwent and Stuart, as well as the guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne.

His career moved to training and human resource management, keeping Warrant Officer Donlan posted to the Sydney area. His time spent there included four years as a member of Sea Training Group, Navy’s in-house training and assessment team, and time as the Ship’s Warrant Officer of Sydney base, HMAS Kuttabul.

The presentation of the medallion, which are given to all members of Navy who have served more than 20 years, coincided with a visit by Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Noonan, with more than 50 Australian and United States Defence Force members present.

Personnel from Defence units across the region were able to attend so Rear Admiral Noonan took the opportunity to present Major Peter Scott, the Senior Military Recruiting Officer at Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, and the Warrant Officer’s boss, the Operational Service Badge for his recent deployment to OPERATION RESOLUTE.