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Michael van Balen

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Allegiance  Australia
Battles and wars  Iraq War
Years of service  1978 – present
Battles/wars  Iraq War
Rank  Rear admiral
Name  Michael Balen

Michael van Balen
Born  16 February 1961 (age 54) Brisbane, Queensland (1961-02-16)
Commands held  Deputy Chief of Navy HMAS Watson HMAS Sydney
Awards  Officer of the Order of Australia Commendation for Distinguished Service Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy

Rear Admiral Michael Julian van Balen (born 16 February 1961) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), who served as the Deputy Chief of Navy from 2013 to January 2016.

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Early life

van Balen was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on 16 February 1961 to Adrian and Cath van Balen.

Naval career

van Balen joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1978 and graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982.

van Balen has served in a various billets within the Australian naval high command and United States Navy commands.

He has served on board a variety of Royal Australian Navy ships including HMA ships Barbette, Brisbane, Stalwart, Stuart, Yarra, Bunbury, Derwent, Swan and the United States Navy ship USS Ranger, a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier.

van Balen completed a Master of Management degree from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2001. He attended the US Naval War College in 2005.

RADM van Balen has also been awarded the RAN's "Principal Warfare Officer" badge and the RAN's "Sea Readiness Badge".

References

Michael van Balen Wikipedia


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