Justin JONES

Justin Jones

Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS),
ITAMS, University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia   

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

PhD Thesis Title: Australian Defence Policy, Maritime Strategy and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century 

Dr Chris Rahman, Senior Research Fellow at ANCORS
Professor Sam Bateman, Professorial Fellow at ANCORS


Captain Justin Jones, RAN was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School, joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1988 and is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and the Australian Command and Staff College. He holds a Masters in Management Studies, a Master of Arts (Strategy and Policy) and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. Captain Jones is currently commanding officer of the fleet logistics support ship, HMAS Success.

Captain Jones is a Principal Warfare Officer with specialisations in surface warfare and advanced navigation. He has accumulated a significant amount of sea time in patrol boats, support ships, amphibious platforms, destroyers and frigates as a watch keeper, navigator, warfare officer and operations officer. His experiences include numerous deployments to the Asia-Pacific region, ranging across maritime security and counter terrorism, peace monitoring, sovereignty protection, operations in the Middle East, and extensive engagement with navies throughout the Asia-Pacific. He served as Executive Officer and second-in-command of the frigate HMAS Parramatta from late 2004 until mid 2006, a period which included a six month operational deployment to the Arabian Gulf supporting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq. This deployment resulted in the award of a Meritorious Unit Citation to Parramatta for its performance in the Gulf.

Captain Jones’s staff experience is diverse. He has served as an instructor at the Navigation Faculty of the RAN Surface Warfare School, on exchange with the Royal Navy as a Staff Warfare Officer within Flag Officer Sea Training in Devonport, Plymouth, as Operations Officer to Commodore Flotillas/Commander Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (Maritime), and as Commander Fleet Plans within Fleet Headquarters where he was responsible for fleet operational planning, exercise management and operational level international engagement. In Canberra, Captain Jones has been Deputy Director Navy Experimentation in Navy Strategic Command, and Director/Chief of Staff, Force Structure Review within Strategy Executive. In 2010, he undertook a short placement with the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, as the inaugural Navy Fellow.

Captain Jones was awarded the 2006 Vice Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence for leadership, and is the inaugural recipient of this award.
Captain Jones had command of the upgraded guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle from December 2008 to July 2010. In 2009, the ship was awarded the coveted Duke of Gloucester Cup for overall efficiency, the Spada Shield for the surface combatant foremost in operations, the Australia Cup for marine engineering excellence and the Category 1 - Leadership and Injury Prevention Safety Award. In 2010, the ship was awarded the Wormald Shield for combat survivability.

Captain Jones is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow and Councillor of the London based Nautical Institute, and a Member and Councillor of the Australian Naval Institute. Now the Naval Associate at the Lowy Institute, he was a contributing author of the major Lowy Institute MacArthur Foundation paper Crisis and Confidence: Major Powers and Maritime Security in Indo-Pacific Asia. Captain Jones is a PhD candidate at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong. His research will examine Australian defence policy and maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean from the turn of the century.

Captain Jones is married to Terrie and has two daughters, all of whom reside in Sydney. In his spare time he enjoys water skiing, playing most team sports, reading and musical theatre.

Last reviewed: 1 July, 2015