Deputy Secretary National Naval Shipbuilding

Tony Dalton is responsible for National Naval Shipbuilding within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group in the Department of Defence. He comes to this job after a long career in the Navy where he was most recently responsible for the delivery of shipbuilding programs including the Hunter class frigate and Arafura class offshore patrol vessel.

Previously, Tony served as the Project Director for Navy Aviation Projects within the Defence Materiel Organisation, the Director General Navy Aviation Systems and the Head Helicopter Systems Division. Tony set up and led the Group’s new Joint Systems Division in 2015 before taking over as General Manager Ships in 2017.

Tony’s operational career in the Navy was forged as a helicopter pilot, where he amassed over 5500 military flying hours as a Sea King and Seahawk flight pilot, a display pilot and as a qualified flying instructor. Tony was the Commanding Officer of 805 Squadron in 2001 and commanded the Fleet Air Arm in 2008.