Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1986, graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelors degree in Science in 1988. He was promoted to Rear Admiral on 11 December 2017.
Rear Admiral Hatcher is an Air Warfare specialised warfare officer and has been deployed on operational service on five occasions. In 2006-07, he commanded HMAS TOOWOOOMBA, an ANZAC class frigate, which served on rotation in the Middle East Area of Operations as part of coalition operations protecting maritime approaches to Iraq and offshore oil facilities.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2008 in recognition of the success of this deployment.
Rear Admiral Hatcher has served ashore in various postings related to Naval Strategy, Futures, Capability Planning, Defence Experimentation and Military Strategic Commitments. Of note he was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2004, where he was assigned to the National Security Division. He has also served in material acquisition roles, specifically in the Defence Material Organisation and Capability Development Group as the capability Director for the Navy’s Destroyer program. From 2012-2014, he worked in the Defence Support and Reform Group as Director General Base Planning, Engagement and Service Performance and as Acting Head of the Defence Support Operations Division. In 2016-2017 he served as the Director General Military Strategic Commitments in the Australian Defence Force Headquarters.
Rear Admiral Hatcher’s command appointments have included HMAS CRESWELL and the Royal Australian Naval College in 2010-11 and Commander Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East in 2015-16, where he was responsible for maritime counter terrorism operations as part of the Combined Maritime Force.
Rear Admiral Hatcher assumed command of Joint Task Group 633 on 20 January 2018. In this capacity he is the national theatre Commander for all Australian forces deployed to the Middle East region, including Afghanistan.
Rear Admiral Hatcher is a 2003 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College with a Masters of Management in Defence Studies and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK, in 2012. He completed a Masters of Maritime Studies in 2014 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rear Admiral Hatcher is married with three children. He enjoys recreational snow skiing, swimming for fitness and watching Rugby Union.