Maritime Task Group Commander hands over after two busy years

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, NSW

Topic(s): Change of Command, Leadership

Captain Andrew Quinn, RAN, right, hands over ‘the weight’ to incoming Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)
Captain Andrew Quinn, RAN, right, hands over ‘the weight’ to incoming Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney.

The inaugural Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group (COMMARTG), Captain Andrew Quinn, has handed over the role to Captain David Tietzel following the successful completion of a two-year appointment during a crucial period in Navy’s shift towards Task Group operations.

Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group (COMMARTG) is a senior position responsible for the sea combat capability of multiple ships and their collective personnel, and aircraft.

“What I hoped to bring to this role was a sharper focus on the sea combat element of Task Group operations. It has been pleasing to achieve this over the past two years,” Captain Quinn said.

“Deployments and training events like Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, TALISMAN SABRE 2019, the Ocean series of exercises and, most recently, the Regional Presence Deployment 2020 proves that Task Group operations have been normalised.

“Task Group operations will remain an exciting space. We continue to mature our amphibious capabilities, our new Air Warfare Destroyers are integrating into the Fleet and our Anzac Class Frigates are being progressively upgraded, so the lethality of our Task Groups is increasing.

“As a Task Group, we are conducting bilateral and multilateral engagements with our friends, neighbours and partners as we are active and persistent in the Indo-Pacific , which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to that region.”

While Captain Quinn is looking forward to his next posting as Director General Surface Combatants and Aviation, he will remember the dedication of his staff and the ship’s companies he deployed with.

“One thing that has always struck me in my time as COMMARTG is how motivated and professional our Navy people are,” Captain Quinn said.

“All our people need is clear direction and resourcing and they are motivated and self-starting. That’s a great position to be in as a commander and they have been a pleasure to lead and sail with.”

L-R: Commodore Flotillas (COMFLOT), Commodore Mick Harris, OAM, RAN; incoming Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group (COMMARTG), Captain David Tietzel, CSM, RAN; and outgoing COMMARTG Captain Andrew Quinn, RAN at the handover event at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney.

L-R: Commodore Flotillas (COMFLOT), Commodore Mick Harris, OAM, RAN; incoming Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group (COMMARTG), Captain David Tietzel, CSM, RAN; and outgoing COMMARTG Captain Andrew Quinn, RAN at the handover event at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney.