Donald Chalmers

Donald Chalmers
Vice Admiral
Donald Bruce Chalmers
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Australia.svg Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1958 – 1999
Rank UK-Navy-OF8.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Navy
Maritime Commander Australia
HMAS Perth
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Persian Gulf War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Legion of Merit (United States)

Vice Admiral Donald Bruce Chalmers AO was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy, who served as Chief of Navy from 1997 to 1999.


Chalmers joined the Navy in 1958 and chose to specialise in navigation.[1] He served in HMAS Yarra and HMAS Parramatta during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in the mid-1960s and went on to command HMAS Perth.[1] He was awarded the National Medal in 1977.[2] In 1988, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.[1] He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1992 in recognition of his services as Commander of the first Royal Australian Navy Task Group during the Persian Gulf War.[3] He was appointed Maritime Commander Australia in December 1993, Assistant Chief of Defence Force responsible for Australian Defence Force development and international defence relationships in April 1995, and finally Chief of Navy in July 1997.[1] He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the US Government in 1998 and retired in July 1999.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Rodney Taylor
Chief of Navy
1997 – 1999
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Robert Walls
Maritime Commander Australia
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Christopher Oxenbould

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