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The Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter TD is pleased to announce the appointment of Commodore Mark Mellett to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces with effect from 5 November 2013. The Cabinet approved the appointment at its meeting today.
Speaking of the appointment Minister Shatter said “I wish Commodore Mellett every continued success and I know he will make a significant contribution to the Defence Forces in his new role as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support). I look forward to working closely with him in the future”.


Note for the Editor

Commodore Mark Mellett Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

Commodore Mellett (DSM) is from Mayo and joined the Navy in 1976. His first Command was the LÉ ORLA in 1992 and he subsequently commanded the LÉ CIARA in 1997 and the Irish Naval Flagship LÉ EITHNE in 2005. Commodore Mellett has held a broad range of appointments in the Naval Headquarters and more recently as Commandant of the Naval College and Associate Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland. Prior to his appointment as Flag Officer in 2010 he was Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command

Operational Experience

Besides citations for service in Afghanistan (2004) and Lebanon (1989), as Captain of LÉ ORLA (1994) he was honoured by becoming the Navy’s second officer recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) in recognition of the role of his ship in the detention of the drug smuggling yacht ‘Brime’


Commodore Mellett has a PhD (2009) in Oceans Governance from the National University of Ireland, Galway and M Com (2004) in Government and Public Policy from University College Cork. He is a distinguished graduate of the US Naval War College Newport RI (1999) where he was the top graduate of the thirty two attending countries. He was also the top graduate in both the Irish Command and Staff College (1998) and the Royal Naval College Greenwich (1989).


Commodore Mellett is married to Liz and has four children, Laura, Sean, Lisa and Patrick. He is very interested in physical fitness and is a qualified Naval Diver.

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