Michael Julian van Balen
|Born||16 February 1961|
|Service/||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1978-2016|
|Commands held||Deputy Chief of Navy (2013-16)|
HMAS Watson (2005)
HMAS Sydney (2002-03)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
van Balen has served in a various billets within the Australian naval high command and United States Navy commands.
He has served on board a variety of Royal Australian Navy ships including HMA ships Barbette, Brisbane, Stalwart, Stuart, Yarra, Bunbury, Derwent, Swan and the United States Navy ship USS Ranger, a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier.
|Officer of the Order of Australia||26 January 2015|
|Commendation for Distinguished Service||26 January 2005 |
|Australian Active Service Medal|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||(35-39 Years Service)|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Officer of the Legion of Merit||(United States)|
RADM van Balen has also been awarded the RAN's "Principal Warfare Officer" badge and the RAN's "Sea Readiness Badge".