Lieutenant Commander Christopher White, RAN was born and raised in Tasmania, living in Launceston until he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1993. He graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1995.
He conducted his Seaman Officer training from 1996 to 1998 in HMAS Melbourne and whilst on exchange with the Canadian Navy in HMCS Regina. Returning to Australia in 1999 he rejoined HMAS Melbourne as an Officer of the Watch. During this posting he was deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq.
He completed his specialist training as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer in April 2001 and then posted to HMAS Hawkesbury as the Diving and Operations Officer. He joined Australian Clearance Diving Team One as the Maritime Tactical Operations Element Officer in June 2002 and remained at the Diving Team until 2005, spending the last 18 months as the Team’s Executive Officer.
He posted to the United Kingdom from 2005 until 2007. Whilst serving on exchange with the Royal Navy he served in HMS Atherstone as the ship’s Executive Officer. During his time onboard, Atherstone completed a number of NATO Mine Warfare trials and an operational Mine Counter Measures deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Upon his return to Australia in late 2007 he joined the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group as the unit’s deputy commander. During this posting he completed the Advanced Mine Warfare Officers Course in the United Kingdom and conducted a number of operational assessments of Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving units as part of Navy’s Sea Training Group.
LCDR White is part way through completing a Masters of Management Studies in Leadership at Australian Defence Force Academy.
He assumed command of Australian Clearance Diving Team 1 on 5 December 2008.