Rear Admiral Mark Davenport Hill was born in Adelaide and joined the Royal Australian Naval Reserve in 1979 before transferring to the RAN. A Maritime Warfare Officer who sub-specialised in Mine Warfare, he has commanded the RAN minesweeper Brolga and HMA Ships Brunei, Rushcutter and Gascoyne. In addition to his sea service, Rear Admiral Hill has served ashore on Operations in East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. His second deployment to Afghanistan included a period as Commander, Task Group Afghanistan.
Rear Admiral Hill has commanded the RAN Recruit School, the Navy's Darwin Shore Establishment HMAS Coonawarra, and HMAS Cerberus, the Navy's largest training Establishment. Rear Admiral Hill has held various appointments including Deputy Commander of the Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Force, Director of the Navy's 'New Generation Navy' cultural reform program, Director General Navy People and Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves.
For his work at the RAN Recruit School Rear Admiral Hill was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. A graduate from the RAN Staff College, he has served on the Directing Staff at the Australian Command and Staff College. He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Arts (Organisational Communication). Rear Admiral Hill represented South Australia in rowing and still tries to row (albeit on a machine) most mornings. He lives in Canberra and has a son Christopher (10) and a brown dog named Bruno (13).
Rear Admiral Hill assumed Command of Joint Task Force 633 on 28 June 2019.