Chaplain Dan Hynes has been a serving Commonwealth Naval officer for over 38 years. Born in Ontario, Canada he began his naval career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Seaman Officer serving onboard Destroyer escorts sailing from either Halifax into the Atlantic or Esquimalt into the Pacific. After 14 years there, involving various NATO, UN and overseas deployments, he laterally transferred to the Royal Australian Navy.
In 1996, he was posted aboard HMAS BRISBANE for an initial circumnavigation opportunity of Australia. He then went on to complete Principal Warfare Officer training at HMAS WATSON and was subsequently posted west. Following back to back sea postings to HMAS CANBERRA and ADELAIDE he was appointed Executive Officer of HMAS STIRLING. It was during this period that he received his call to ministry.
He completed in-service training for Chaplaincy with the Australian College of Theology and the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia in 2007. Chaplain Hynes was ordained in October 2009. He has since served as Chaplain onboard HMA Ships CAIRNS/ CRESWELL/ TOBRUK/ CHOULES/ TOOWOOMBA and various ARMADALE/CAPE class patrol vessels rounding out a career of over fifteen years at sea. He is currently posted to Joint Health Command as the Director of Spiritual Health and Wellbeing. Dan and Mandy recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. They have two adult sons, Josh and Adam.