Club Burwood Group - CLUB PATRON

Club Burwood Group


National President Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, AO, RAN retired

At the Club’s Annual General Meeting on 22nd March, 2016 the members unanimously voted in favour of Rear Admiral Ken Doolan assuming the role of the Club’s Patron for 2016.   This is Rear Admiral Ken Doolan's 2nd year as Club Patron.

Admiral Doolan joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 13 year old cadet midshipman in 1953 and completed full time service in 1993 in the rank of rear admiral.  He served in the destroyer Vampire during Confrontation with Indonesia in 1966 and in the guided missile destroyer Perth in 1970/71 during the Vietnam War.  He was the first Commanding Officer of the amphibious heavy lift ship Tobruk and commanded the guided missile destroyer Brisbane in the mid-1980s.

During the Gulf Crisis and Gulf War of 1990/1991, Admiral Doolan was Maritime Commander, Australia and in this role was Operational Commander of all Australian combatant forces deployed to that conflict.  He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 1991. Subsequently, Admiral Doolan has filled several remunerated and honorary positions, including membership of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal, National Secretary of the Order of Australia Association and President of the Australian Institute of Navigation.  He has also written several books and established a publishing firm.  Admiral Doolan has also served for many years as a member of the National Defence Committee of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL).

In September 2009 he was elected National President of the RSL and was re-elected to this position in 2010 and 2011.  From 2010 to 2011 Admiral Doolan was a member of the National Commission for the ANZAC Centenary and now sits as an ex officio on the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board.  Other appointments include Chairman of the Forces Entertainment Board; Vice President of the Australian Institute of Navigation; member of the Defence Reserves Support Council and board member of the Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Medical Research Foundation.

Click here to view the acceptance letter from Admiral Ken Doolan from 2016.

Admiral Ken Doolan