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Rear Admiral Lee Goddard - Biography

Rear Admiral Lee Goddard

Rear Admiral Lee Goddard has been fortunate to have experienced many 'careers within a career' during more than 30 years in the Navy. Prior to assuming his current role as Commander, Maritime Border Command, he was seconded as Branch Head (International) within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2017, and Head of the Australian whole of government APEC PNG Taskforce in 2018.

Throughout his career he has served at sea in RAN, Canadian, Malaysian and US Navy warships, and on operations in the Middle East and Border Protection. He has served as the Executive Officer onboard Australia’s national tall ship STS Young Endeavour and he has been posted overseas to Canada, Malaysia, Bahrain and the USA.

He commanded the Anzac Class frigate, HMAS Parramatta, from 2006 to 2008 and was then selected to attend the US Naval War College in Newport RI, where he joined the Naval Command College, graduating in June 2010 when he was awarded the War College’s International Leadership Prize. He was subsequently asked to remain at the War College as an International Fellow, teaching within the Department of Strategy and Policy at the Masters level.

On his return to Australia in early 2011 he assumed the position of Director Military Strategic Commitments at the Australian Defence Headquarters, working within the strategic level of Defence and across Government. He returned to sea in late 2012 to assume command in the upgraded Anzac Class warship HMAS Perth. On promotion to Commodore in late 2014 he assumed the role of Commander Surface Force.

He was awarded a Master of Arts (International Relations) in 1996, is a member of the Australian Naval Institute council and has previously served as a councilor with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (NSW). He has contributed to a range of professional and academic journals focused on international affairs and security issues. His personal interests evolve around family, sport and sailing.