45 years of service and 13 years at sea, but not done yet

Published on MIDN Jack Meadows (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Federation Star, Retirement

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AO, RAN, presents Commander Michael Moore with his second Federation Star as Commander Moore retires from the permanent Royal Australian Navy after 45 years of service. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)
Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AO, RAN, presents Commander Michael Moore with his second Federation Star as Commander Moore retires from the permanent Royal Australian Navy after 45 years of service.

Friday 17 July marked the last day of Commander Michael Moore’s 45 year-long career in the permanent Royal Australian Navy.

To commemorate his long and highly distinguished career, Commander Moore was presented his second Federation Star and Long Service Certificate by the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston.

Commander Moore’s wife Janelle observed the presentation at Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra, as did other members of his family and a number of Defence members he served with.

Vice Admiral Johnston thanked and congratulated Commander Moore on his remarkable achievements in the Royal Australian Navy.

“His contribution to the Royal Australian Navy, and in turn the greater safety of Australia, is highly commendable.

“His lengthy sacrifice and dedication to our country deserves the highest recognition.

“Thus, I’m privileged to present Commander Moore with his second Federation Star,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.

Commander Moore enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Recruit on 14 July 1975.

Graduating from HMAS Cerberus as a Seaman Radio Operator, Commander Moore went on to serve aboard the destroyer HMAS Perth (II) and was a member of the commissioning crew of the guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney (IV).

In 1989, he decided to commission and graduated from HMAS Creswell as a Naval Officer.

He posted to HMAS Success (II) during Gulf War I, followed by his second posting to Sydney, where he gained his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1990.

He subsequently served aboard HMA Ships Hobart (II), Jervis Bay, Kanimbla (II), Fremantle (II), Flinders, Tobruk (II) and Brisbane (II).

He had various shore postings for Navigation Officer training, culminating in becoming qualified as an Advanced Navigation Officer in 1992.

Hs major Navigation Officer postings included Sydney (third posting) and Kanimbla (second posting).

Commander Moore was selected as Commanding Officer of HMAS Gladstone (II) in 2005-06, HMAS Hawkesbury (II) in 2007-08, and HMAS Larrakia (II) in 2015-16.

Fellow Officers who accompanied Commander Moore in completing his Navigation Courses described him as mature, sensible and kind. He was the dux of his Advanced Navigation Course - a testament to his devotion and work ethic.

Commander Moore has spent more than 20 years posted to ships, and over that time has spent 4770 days at sea – which equates to more than 13 years!

The presentation ceremony for his second Federation Star was a complete surprise to Commander Moore and he was grateful to see his family, friends and Naval College classmates in attendance.

“I have had a remarkably good career and been very fortunate, especially in having three commands, and I owe a great deal of it to the support of my wife, Janelle, and my family,” he said.

Commander Moore’s service record includes operational service in operations RESOLUTE, ANODE, RELEX II, CRANBERRY, SLIPPER, WARDEN, INTERFET and DAMASK X.

He looks forward to continuing his involvement with the Navy as a Reserve officer on a continuous full-time service posting.