Commander Defence COVID-19 Taskforce

Rear Admiral Robert Plath was assigned Commander Defence COVID-19 Taskforce in June 2021.

Robert joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a Midshipman in January 1983. He graduated in 1985 and served in several ships before specialising in mine warfare, clearance diving and explosive ordnance disposal in 1990.

He is a graduate of the RAN Staff College and the Indonesian National Institute of Resilience, and has a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Queensland University of Technology.

Robert’s command appointments include HMAS Geelong, Naval Headquarters South Queensland, the Commander of the Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, and Deputy Commander Australian Fleet.

His senior staff positions include Director Navy Reputation Management, Director Special Operations Development in Special Operations Command, and Naval Attaché, followed by, Defence Attaché to Indonesia.

Robert was promoted to Rear Admiral on 28 September 2020 and assumed command of Joint Task Force 629, responsible for the ADF’s support to the national COVID-19 pandemic response.

On Australia Day 2021, Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.