Allan du Toit AM
Allan du Toit AM, retired from the RAN as a Rear Admiral in early 2016 after 40 years combined service in two Commonwealth navies. He was born and raised in South Africa and entered the SAN in 1975. He joined the RAN in 1987 and commanded HMAS Tobruk during peacekeeping operations in Bougainville, the Australian Amphibious Task Group, the multi-national maritime interception force enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq, Combined Task Force 158 in the Persian Gulf, and Border Protection Command. He also served in a wide range of single-service and joint appointments ashore. His final appointment was as Australia’s Military Representative to NATO and the European Union based in Brussels.
He holds a Bachelor of Military Science (Arts) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies and a Master of Defence Studies degree from UNSW. He is currently enrolled as a part-time doctoral student in naval history at UNSW. He has written and lectured on historical and contemporary defence, naval and maritime affairs both in Australia and abroad and previously taught at the SA Naval Staff College. His books include: Ships of the South African Navy (1976) and South Africa’s Fighting Ships - Past and Present (1992), and he has contributed chapters to a number of publications. He was on the Advisory Board of ANCORS at the University of Wollongong from 2008-13 and served as President of the Australian Naval Institute from 2011-13.