Commodore Malone was promoted to his present rank and into the appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) on 26 December 2017.
Commodore Micheal Malone joined the Irish Naval Service in 1981 as a Marine Engineering cadet and was commissioned as an Officer in 1983. He graduated from Cork Regional Technical College in Marine and Plant engineering in May 1985 and graduated from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Marine Engineering Application Course, Plymouth, UK in December 1986.
He holds an MA in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from National University of Ireland, Maynooth and is a graduate of the Defence Forces Senior Command and Staff Course. He has also studied at the Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard where he completed the International Shipyard Managers Course.
He has held a wide variety of appointments both afloat and ashore over the last 36 years. At the rank of Captain, he held the appointment of Officer Commanding Naval Support Command with responsibility for all HR, logistics, electronics and engineering functions within the Naval Service.
Commodore Malone was Programme Manager for the design and building of the Irish Navy’s P60 class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). This programme has witnessed the delivery of four 90-metre OPVs to the Irish Navy during the period 2015-2018.
He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (FIMarEST), Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MI Fire E) and Fellow of the Engineers Ireland (FIEI), Member of the Association of Energy Engineers (U.S.) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
He is married to Mary and they have four adult children. He enjoys tennis in his spare time.