After two years as commanding officer at HMAS Stirling, Captain Brett Wolski has left his post at Garden Island to start a new challenge with the Royal Australian Navy in Canberra.
Last month Capt. Wolski handed the reins of HMAS Stirling to Capt. Angela Bond, who will oversee the operations of Australia’s biggest naval base.
A father-of-two, Capt. Wolski has been promoted to commodore and his new role with the navy will be director-general of workforce planning.
Born in Kingaroy, Queensland, Capt. Wolski joined the navy as a supplementary list officer in 1986 and completed his first year of training at HMAS Brisbane.
Highlights of Capt. Wolski’s 26-year career in the navy include a 12-month posting to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he worked as Australian Liaison Officer with the US Navy, and serving as the executive officer of HMAS Manoora, which deployed support operations in Iraq and the Solomon Islands.
Capt. Wolski said he had fond memories of his time at Garden Island.
“This has been one of the most diverse, busy and challenging roles of my career and it has been incredibly rewarding,” he said.
“(I’m proud of) some of the more memorable events the base has taken part in. The first would have to be the funeral for Claude Choules, the last surviving World War I veteran in the world and he passed away in 2011.
“HMAS Stirling helped to celebrate his life during his funeral service, so that would have to be the significant local event that we have taken part over the past two years.”
Capt. Wolski said he was proud of the way HMAS Stirling supported the rest of the navy fleet during his time as commanding officer.
“We’ve had many different ships, submarines, diving teams and other visitors come through the base and they’re all supported by the staff here at Stirling, so I’m very proud the way Stirling has been able to support the frontline people,” he said.
Capt Wolski said the appointment of Capt. Bond at HMAS Stirling was a significant milestone for the navy.