Rear Admiral Mark Mellett will be appointed Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, succeeding Lieutenant-General Conor O’Boyle who is due to retire in September.
Mellett was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces in November, 2013. A native of Mayo he 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.
He has held a broad range of appointments in Naval HQ; prior to his appointment as Flag Officer in 2010 he was Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command. He was also Commandant of the Naval College and Associate Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland.
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’.
Rear Admiral Mellett is a founding member of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) and a member of its governing authority. He has a PHD (2009) in Political Science from the National University of Ireland Galway.