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Martin Holzberger joined the Royal Australian Navy as a direct entry Under Water Control Submariner from Brisbane, Queensland in 1987. After category training at HMAS Platypus he served in HMA Submarines Oxley and Ovens. Subsequently he was selected for Collins Class Submarine conversion and the commissioning crew of HMAS Collins.

In 1997 PO Holzberger was posted to the Submarine Escape Training Facility as an escape instructor, completing instructor training in the Royal Navy’s submarine escape facility at Gosport, England. He then served in HMAS Farncomb and commissioned HMAS Sheean, where he later returned as the Chief of the Boat. In 2002 he joined Sea Training Group–Submarines, working up all six Collins Class submarines.

In 2004 CPO Holzberger was selected for exchange with the United States Navy (USN) working with the Commander of the Submarine Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

On promotion to Warrant Officer he returned to HMAS Stirling as Manager of Sailors Training and in 2007 and completed the single service component of the RAN Staff Course.

WO Holzberger joined HMAS Warramunga in 2008 as the Ships Warrant Officer which included a deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations for Operation SLIPPER rotation 20. In March 2010 he was selected as the Command Warrant Officer–Fleet Command and in July 2012 was appointed as the seventh Warrant Officer of the Navy.

Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It is a singular appointment – it is only held by one person at any time. The appointment is the equivalent of theRegimental Sergeant Major-Army (RSM-A) in the Australian Army, and Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) in the RAAF.

MemberOfThe OrderOfAust  Photo: Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Medal


CSC    Photo: The Conspicuous Service Cross

Warrant Officer Holzberger has studied at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and The Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for his service in Warramunga in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List for exceptional performance of duty in the field of Navy leadership and management. He is married to Cathy with three children.