PhD (UNSW), MA (StratStud) (ANU), BA (UNSW), DipMarStud (RAN),
David Stevens joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1974 and specialised in anti-submarine warfare. Highlights of his service included an exchange posting in the Royal Navy and sea-going staff appointments in both the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. He resigned from the permanent forces in 1994 to become the Australian naval historian, a position that he held until the end of 2014. He is currently employed as an author on the Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
David has contributed articles and chapters to many books and journals and his work has been translated into several languages. Some of his publications as author or editor include: U-Boat Far From Home: the epic voyage of U 862 to Australia and New Zealand (1997); The Royal Australian Navy (2001); A Critical Vulnerability: the Impact of the Submarine Threat on Australia’s Maritime Defence 1915-54 (2005); Australia’s Navy in the Gulf: From Countenance to Catalyst 1941-2006 (2006); Sea Power Ashore and in the Air (2007); Strength Through Diversity: the Combined Naval Role in Operation Stabilise (2007); Presence, Power Projection and Sea Control: The RAN in the Gulf 1990-2009 (2009); and the 2nd edition of Australian Maritime Doctrine (2010). His new history of the RAN in World War I, In All Respects Ready, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and won the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize.