Commodore Chris Smallhorn - RAN Fleet Air Arm Tomorrow
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AEST)
Commodore Chris Smallhorn commands and will talk on the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA).
The RAN’s FAA is undergoing a significant asset replacement program that will see the aircraft inventory all replaced by 2019. This presentation will discuss FAA’s new capabilities and the improvements they bring, explore challenges and enable a discussion of their linkages into the larger strategic objectives of Navy and ADF.
Chris graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and completed his Aeronautical Engineering Certificate of Competency prior to conducting pilot training and earned his wings in 1993.
Chris conducted operational deployments flying the S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. He was selected for Experimental Test Pilot training at the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 1998, prior to being posted to the Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU). Whilst here he conducted flight testing on multiple Australian and international flight test projects, major aircraft acquisition, modification and research programs.
Chris was the Officer-in-Charge of AMAFTU in 2003 before being promoted to Commander when he became the Project Manager of the Super Seasprite acquisition program. He commanded 816 Squadron (Seahawk helicopters) throughout 2008 and 2009.
Following a short tour as the Commander of Operational Airworthiness and Standards at HQ Fleet Air Arm Chris was promoted to Captain and completed postings as the Chief of Staff Fleet Air Arm and Chief of Staff to the Chief of Navy. He graduated as a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2014 prior to assuming duties as the Director of the Maritime Safety Bureau in January 2015.
Chris assumed command of the Fleet Air Arm in January 2016.
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Royal Aeronautical Society - Canberra Branch
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