Captain Guy Holthouse has earned a place on the Australia Day Honours List for his significant contribution to Naval Warfare.
The North Balgowlah local has become a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division for his exceptional performance of duty in the field of Naval Warfare, as the Defence Attaché in Spain and Egypt, and as Deputy Commander Surface Force Australia.
Captain Holthouse said he was very honoured to receive the award, celebrating with his wife, Lucy, and daughters Madeleine and Isabelle.
"I am humbled and honoured. I have worked with teams of exceptionally dedicated and talented men and women in the Navy. I could not have achieved what I did, without their support and loyalty. As a bonus, it was work I thoroughly enjoyed."
As Australia's inaugural Defence Attaché in Spain and Egypt, Captain Holthouse had an important job, developing relationships that would pave the way for the next generation of Royal Australian Navy ships.
"As the sole diplomatic representative of the Australian Defence Force, I had the challenge and opportunity to establish enduring relationships, that helped to progress the delivery of Spanish built Landing Helicopter Dock ships," Captain Holthouse said.
"This was in addition to maintaining accreditation in Italy and Greece; a diverse area."
While in the role of Australias Defence Attaché in Spain, Captain Holthouse was present for a number of significant milestones and contributed to the keel-laying, construction and subsequent launching of both of the Navys newest and biggest ships HMAS Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide.
"Attending the launching ceremonies at Ferrol in Spain with the Chiefs of Navy for both countries, and the Australian Ambassador was a very proud moment for me. I am delighted that Canberra is now in service and I am proud that she has led the Australia Day celebrations in Sydney," Captain Holthouse said.
After returning from his European posting, Captain Holthouse was posted as Deputy Commander Surface Forces, a role which he says was extremely rewarding.
"Managing the delivery of ships and their ships companies to support government activities globally was wonderful, but could be extremely challenging. You dont receive advance notice when critical incident like when the loss of MH370 occurred, but you need to responsive and prepared for all circumstances," Captain Holthouse said.
Recently posted to a new role as Commander Australian Maritime Warfare Centre, Captain Holthouse will bring his considerable expertise to further developing Navy Warfare.