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Rear Admiral Allan Kendall du Toit, AM is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian
Navy, who served as Australia;s Military Representative to NATO and the European Union
from 2013 until his retirement in 2016. Du Toit previously served as the Commander Border
Protection Command until being succeeded by Rear Admiral Tim Barrett in February 2010.
Du Toit was born and raised in Durban, South Africa and emigrated to Australia in early
Du Toit joined the South African Navy as a midshipman in 1975 and graduated from the
South African Military Academy in 1979. Du Toit went on to serve aboard frigates,
submarines and mine countermeasures vessels as a mine warfare specialist and Principal
Warfare Officer and was a junior member of the directing staff at the South African Naval
Staff College. In 1986 he received a Chief of the South African Navy's Commendation.
Du Toit joined the Royal Australian Navy in February 1987.
Between November 2001 and March 2002 he was the RAN Task Group Commander and
became the first non-United States officer to command a multinational naval force enforcing
United Nations sanctions against Iraq. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in
the 2004 Australia Day Honours List in recognition of this service as Commander of the
Multinational Maritime Interception Force.
From September 2007 to March 2008 du Toit was the commander of Coalition Task Force
158 in the Persian Gulf. In this role he commanded forces from the United States, United
Kingdom, Singapore, Iraq and Australia.
Du Toit has served in a number of joint and single service command positions, including
Director General Military Strategic Commitments in 2006–07, Director General Joint
Operations and Plans in 2005–06. du Toit was also the Project Officer for the Mine Hunter
Coastal Project from 1993 to 1996.
Du Toit was appointed Commander Border Protection Command on 9 May 2008 and served
in that role until replaced by Rear Admiral Tim Barrett on 9 February 2010.
On 1 February 2012, du Toit was appointed Head of Navy Capability and served in that
position until the end of 2012. At the beginning of 2013 he was appointed as Australia's
Military Representative to NATO and the European Union. He retired from the Royal
Australian Navy in early 2016.
During his time as an officer in the South African Navy du Toit graduated from the Naval
Staff College and the South African Military Academy where he received a Bachelor degree
in Military Science.
Du Toit received a Master’s in Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies
from the University of New South Wales. He was a founding member of the Naval Studies
Group, which is part UNSW's Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, and as of
4 April 2017 is undertaking part-time doctoral study in naval history at the University
College, Australian Defence Force Academy.
Du Toit lives in the Huon Valley in Tasmania with his partner Carolyn, a former Australian
diplomat, and her young daughter. He has two adult sons and is a keen rugby union and