Andy Millar is a retired Navy Commander, having served 26 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and 14 years in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The David Millar who features in Lostat Sea was his father. Andy was born in the UK in 1939. His family emigrated to New Zealand after World War Two, upon his father’s return from enduring three years as a POW in Japan.
Joining the RNZN in 1959, Andy trained as an officer at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK. Over the next 26 years he rose to the rank of Commander, before transferring to the RAN to take up a position with the Collins Class submarine project.
A highlight of his career was a secondment to the Royal Malaysian Navy from 1966–68, during ‘The Confrontation’ with Indonesia. During this time, he commanded a Fast Patrol Boat of similar size and capability to the German E-boats that feature in Lost at Sea. Andy retired from the RAN in 1999 and now lives in Canberra.