Rear Admiral Mark Campbell

Head of Navy Capability (2012 - 2015)

RADM Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell was a Helicopter Warfare Instructor with substantial aviation, command, acquisition and sustainment experience.

He amassed about 3500 flying hours mainly as an anti-submarine tactical co-ordinator in Sea King and Seahawk helicopters. He also flew S2-G Tracker, UH-1B Iroquois, Wessex 31B, Bell 206B-1, and AS350B Squirrel aircraft and served in HMA Ships Tobruk, Sydney, Darwin and Adelaide as well as HM Ships Illustrious and Invincible while on exchange with the Royal Navy. He commanded 816 Squadron during 1999-2000 and led several Defence Materiel Organisation units including an appointment as the Head of Helicopter Systems Division 2010-2012.

His operational deployments included Operation BURSA, Operation DAMASK (including Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM in 1990-91) and in the Northern Red Sea enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq in 1992.

He undertook a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies at Deakin University.

A keen sportsman, Admiral Campbell toured New Zealand, England and South East Asia with the ADF cricket teams, as well as representing the Navy in soccer and tennis. He was known to enjoy mountain biking, bush walking, and reading military history. Rear Admiral Campbell was appointed Head Navy Capability in October 2012 and retired from the RAN in January 2015.