The Royal Australian Navy is saddened to hear of the passing of Rear Admiral David Guy Holthouse on Friday, 31 May 2013.
RADM Holthouse joined the RAN in January 1950 as a 13-year-old Cadet Midshipman. A marine engineer, he completed much of his training in the United Kingdom in 1950s and 1960s, including training in nuclear reactor engineering with the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He saw sea service in HM Ships Triumph, Glory, Rattlesnake and Eagle, in HM Submarine Anchorite, and in HMA Ships Melbourne (II), Anzac (II), Queenborough, Sydney (III), Hobart (II) and Supply.
RADM Holthouse saw active service in Vietnam in 1968 during which his ship, HMAS Hobart was badly damaged by friendly fire and he was subsequently awarded a Naval Board Commendation for his service during this incident.
RADM Holthouse's key appointments included Naval Attaché Washington, Naval Adviser Ottawa, Commanding Officer of HMA Ships Waratah and Nirimba, Director of Naval Officers' postings, and Fleet Marine Engineering Officer.
Promoted to Commodore in 1981 and to Rear Admiral in 1986, RADM Holthouse's Flag appointments included Chief of Naval Engineering, Chief of Naval Logistics and Chief Naval Engineer, Chief of Naval Personnel and Naval Support Commander.
RADM Holthouse was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1991 for service as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Logistics) and he retired from fulltime Naval Service in 1993.
The funeral service for RADM Holthouse will take place at 11am Friday 7 June 2013 at St Andrew's Anglican Church, Elrington Street, Braidwood followed by a committal service at St John's Anglican Church, Lake Bathurst. Uniform for the funeral is W2 with Mourning Brassards.
On behalf of those currently serving and the broader Navy family, sincere condolences are extended to RADM Holthouse's family at this difficult time.