Commodore Mark Mellett, a native of Castlebar, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces.
The appointment was announced by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD following a meeting of the Cabinet today.
Commodore Mellett is married to Liz and has four children, Laura, Sean, Lisa and Patrick.
Commodore Mellett (DSM) 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.
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).