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Commodore Andrew Brown

The Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) is responsible for the operation of the Naval Support Command, including Devonport Naval Base in Auckland and Naval Staff in Wellington.

Commodore Andrew Brown

Commodore Andrew Brown

In November 2022, Commodore Andrew Brown assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Navy, responsible for the operation of the Naval Support Command, including Devonport Naval Base in Auckland and Naval Staff in Wellington.

Commodore Brown was born in Hawera and joined Te Taua Moana / Royal New Zealand Navy as an Apprentice Weapon Fitter in January 1980. In April 1991 as a Petty Officer Weapon Fitter, he was selected for commissioned service and transferred to the General List of Officers in the Weapon Engineering sub-specialisation.

As a Weapon Engineering Officer, Commodore Brown has served ashore in training, personnel, and logistics/engineering support roles and at sea as the Weapon Engineering Officer in HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY, WELLINGTON and TE KAHA.

As a senior engineer, Commodore Brown served as the Fleet Weapon Engineer Officer providing technical leadership and advice to the fleet, and as the Director Weapon Engineering on the staff of the Chief of Navy, responsible for strategic technical leadership and Career Management.

Commodore Brown has completed a range of operational, representational, and command roles. In 2005 he completed a land based operational deployment on the staff of the Chief Military Liaison Officer, United Nation Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

In 2010 he posted to the United States of America as Naval Attaché where he was principal advisor to the Ambassador and Defence Attaché, and facilitated the RNZN relationship with the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. For his service as Naval Attaché 2010 -2012 Commodore Brown was awarded the United States Secretary of Navy Meritorious Service Award.

In 2013 Commodore Brown was appointed Commander Leadership Development where he commanded squadrons/units responsible for initial, leadership and sea safety training, and Junior Officer Career Management.

Promoted to Captain in 2014, Commodore Brown assumed the duties of Logistics Commander (Maritime) responsible for the Logistics support of all maritime platforms across the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). In 2016 he was appointed as Director of Programme Delivery within the NZDF Capability Branch, responsible for the delivery of projects from capability definition through to introduction into service. In June 2018 he assumed the role of Chief Staff Officer Support (J4) within Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand transferring to Chief Staff Officer Joint Plans (J5) in January 2019.

Commodore Brown was promoted to his current rank in December 2019 and took up the role of Commander Logistics (COMLOG) within the Chief Joint Defence Services portfolio. As COMLOG he led the Defence Logistics Command (DLC) providing logistics support to the three Services and deployed force elements including Maritime, Land, Air, Supply Chain, Equipment Management and Shared Services.

Commodore Brown assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Navy on 30 November 2022.

Commodore Brown has a number of engineering qualifications, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Information Systems) and a Masters in Strategic Studies. In 2018 Commodore Brown completed the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College within the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Commodore Brown is married to Ms Dawn Kelly, and his interests include running, triathlon, and he plays the cornet in a brass band.