COMMANDER D.M. SUTHERLAND, RAN
Dan Sutherland was born in Nowra, NSW and joined the RAN at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1998, graduating in 2000 and completing an Honours year in 2001. He commenced the-then Seaman Officers’ Application Course in 2002, serving in HMA Ships Manoora, Gladstone and Adelaide on operations SLIPPER (Persian Gulf) and RESOLUTE (Australian border protection). Whilst posted to Gladstone, Sub-Lieutenant Sutherland was selected to attend the 27th Naval Junior Officers’ Course in Singapore. Following award of his Bridge Warfare Certificate in Adelaide, Lieutenant Sutherland commenced submarine training in October 2004.
Following attainment of his Submarine Sea Qualification in August 2005, Sutherland served as Navigating Officer in HMAS Farncomb, completing Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 05 and a South East Asian Deployment which included interaction with the USN. Lieutenant Sutherland posted to Canada on exchange as the Sonar Officer of HMCS Corner Brook in January 2007, where he completed a European deployment which included participation in the NATO Exercise NOBLE MARINER. Having completed his Submarine Warfare Officer’s course in Canada, Sutherland returned to Australia in January 2009 and was posted as Operations Officer of HMAS Waller where he served until December 2010. Following promotion to Lieutenant Commander in January 2011, Sutherland assumed duties as Operations Co-ordinator (N3/N5) at Submarine Operations (RAN SUBOPAUTH), located at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command in Bungendore. Sutherland served as Executive Officer HMAS Dechaineux from July 2013 until December 2015, completing a South East Asian Deployment, the RAN International Fleet Review (while seconded to HMAS Farncomb), and the USN Submarine Command Course. Having successfully completed the Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Command Course (Perisher) in April 2016, Sutherland was promoted to Commander and took Command of HMAS Dechaineux in January 2017. He is married to Rita and they have two children, Edward and Juliet.