Commander Maritime Border Command, Australian Border Force
Peter Laver is Commander MBC. Peter Laver
joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a Midshipman in 1979. He completed
specialist training as a Seaman Officer and Aviation Warfare Officer in the
early part of his career, serving in HMAS ADELAIDE as an officer of the watch
and in 817 Squadron, flying Sea King helicopters. He qualified as a Principal
Warfare Officer in 1988 and served in HMAS SYDNEY as the ship’s Anti -
Submarine Warfare Officer until 1990.
Following Seahawk conversion in 1990, he served
in HMAS CANBERRA ship’s flight, during this posting he was engaged in the
operational evaluation of the Seahawk helicopter and UN Sanction enforcement
operations against Iraq. He subsequently served in 816 Squadron, performing
instructional and operations planning duties. He was appointed as Executive
Officer in HMAS CANBERRA in 1998, following an appointment to Maritime Command
for duties with Sea Training Group and operational planning staff.
Peter Laver was promoted to Commander in
1999 and appointed to a Joint staff position in the ADF Airworthiness
Authority. During this period he led the development of operational
airworthiness regulations for the ADF and managed the implementation of an ADF
approach to risk management for aviation operations.
Peter Laver assumed command of HMAS TOBRUK
in 2002, deploying for border protection duties and undertaking the withdrawal
of the ADF peacekeeping force from Bougainville at the conclusion of its
mission. Thereafter, as Commander Sea Training in 2004, he supervised the
preparation of naval forces deploying to operations in the Gulf, while
overseeing a review of naval readiness evaluation processes.
He was promoted to Captain in December
2004 and assumed duties as Director Sailor’s Career Management, during which
appointment he was responsible for the implementation of several key
initiatives comprising Navy’s Sea Change personnel strategy. Appointed to
Command again in 2006, he served as Commander Amphibious Task Group until 2008.
Following a posting as Chief of Staff to CDF, he was promoted to Commodore rank
in 2010, serving initially as Commander Fleet Air Arm, then Director General
Navy People, and from December 2014 as Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command.
He was promoted to Rear Admiral rank in 2015 and appointed as Commander
Maritime Border Command in 2016.
Peter Laver is a graduate of the
University of New South Wales, gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 1981.
He studied international relations at the Royal College of Defence Studies in
London, United Kingdom in 2009. An avid snow skier, Peter is the President of
the RAN Ski Club; an independent club with strong links to the RAN. He is also
appointed as the Chair of the RAN Keeping Watch Grants Committee.
He and his wife Suzanne, who is a teacher,
have a daughter and live in Canberra. As well as skiing, his interests are
sailing, swimming, rugby, golf and travel.
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Peter.