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New naval officer commanding, Victoria area

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11..1979. NO. 255/79 *


A senior naval officer who was Mentioned-in-

Despatches and received a Naval Board Commendation for

services in Vietnam,has been named as the new Naval Officer

Commanding, Victoria Area.

He is Captain D.D, Miller, who will be promoted

to the rank of commodore on taking up his new post on January j t 1 9SO.

Captain Miller received his Naval Board

Commendation in 19-68, and was Mentioned-in^Despatches in

1969. He received both awards while serving as weapons

electrical officer on board the guided missile destroyer,

HMAS Perth, off Vietnam. He is currently project director,

Naval Supply Centre, Zetland, Sydney.

Captain Miller's appointment will follow the

retirement in February, 1980, of the present Naval Officer

Commanding, Victoria Area, Commodore K.W, Shands.

In his new post Captain Miller will be responsible

for the administration of naval matters in Victoria.


Captain Miller was born at Corowa, NSW, in 1927.

He began his career in the Navy as an ordinary seaman in 19^5·

He was commissioned in 1953» and since then has t>een associated

with the weapons and"electrical engineering side of the Navy,

including avionics with the Fleet Air Arm· He attended the

Royal Navy Staff College in 1966, followed by courses at the

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United States Navy Missile School at Mare Island, California.

Later he was Chief Staff Officer (Technical) on the staff

of the Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Fleet. In

1976 he was appointed General Overseer and Superintendent

of Inspections, East Australia Area.

Commodore K.W. Shands. aged 5^» of Northcote,

Victoria, joined the Navy in 1939. After graduating from fche

RAN College he served in the Royal Navy cruisers, HMJ5

Enterprise and HMS Jamaica, and on submarines during World

War II. He specialised in navigation and direction, and

during the Korean War served in HMAS Shoalhaven and HMAS

Sydney. During the Vietnam^ar Commodore Shands served in

the guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart. Later he commanded

HMAS Swan, and was in temporary command of the aircraft

carrier, HMAS Sydney. From December, 1975 till July, 1978 he

was Inspector General of Establishments in the Department of

Defence, Canberra.

Commodore Shands was Mentioned-in-DespatChes,

and received a Commendation from the Commander-in-Chief, US

Pacific Fleet, for his services in the South-east Asian area

in 1968. For bravery in rescue operations at sea after the USS

Frank E. Evans-HMAS Melbourne collision in the South China Sea

in June, 1969, Commodore Shands was awarded the OBE.

He took over as Naval Officer-in-Charge, Victoria,

in August, 1978.

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