An eminent naval architect and Head, Maritime Systems (HMS) in the Royal Australian Navy until July 2007, Rear Admiral Trevor Ruting now serves in the Navy Reserve on the Defence Seaworthiness Board panel.
As HMS from August 2003, he was responsible for acquisition and support of all RAN ships, submarines and army watercraft as well as the initial development of the new Air Warfare Destroyers and Amphibious Ships.
After completing engineering studies at RANC and UNSW, he served aboard HMA ships Stalwart, Perth and Melbourne. He then undertook postgraduate studies in London before engineering appointments in HMAS Brisbane, HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Perth until he was posted to Navy Office as a Commander in 1986 to work on Forward Design (Ship Projects).
He was subsequently appointed Project Director, as Captain then Commodore of the Offshore Patrol Combatant Project, a comprehensive review of Naval Aviation, and the ANZAC Ship Project (Director General, Surface Warfare Systems). He rose to Director General, Maritime Support in the former Defence Materiel Organisation then Director General, Major Surface Ships before his appointment to HMS (acting) – a position later confirmed on his promotion to Rear Admiral.
Trevor Ruting was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1993 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.