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SPOTLIGHT: Driving forward Australia’s maritime capability, with Sir Nick Hine

In this episode of the Defence Connect Spotlight podcast, Sir Nick Hine, Babcock’s managing director AUKUS and international and the United Kingdom’s former Second Sea Lord, joins host Liam Garman to examine Babcock’s Arrowhead frigate – and how the Arrowhead, the base design of the UK’s Type 31 frigate, addresses a range of issues facing today’s navies.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Spotlight podcast, Sir Nick Hine, Babcock’s managing director AUKUS and international and the United Kingdom’s former Second Sea Lord, joins host Liam Garman to examine Babcock’s Arrowhead frigate – and how the Arrowhead, the base design of the UK’s Type 31 frigate, addresses a range of issues facing today’s navies.

  • The podcast begins unpacking how Babcock is actively supporting the AUKUS agenda, before detailing the myriad of problems facing Australian and allied navies including the price and availability of platforms.
  • Sir Nick then details how the Arrowhead offers a lower cost, quicker to build and reduced crewed solution that relies on modularity.
  • The pair wrap up the podcast discussing how the company is collaborating with navies across the world including Poland and Indonesia, and how the capability can be adapted to their unique needs without risking requirement creep.

Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect Team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 443: PODCAST: Unpacking the history of Australia’s defence policy and posture, with Michael Pezzullo
Episode 442: PODCAST: Moving beyond the End of History
Episode 441: SPOTLIGHT: Unlocking Defence performance through infrastructure design, with HDR’s Tim Napper
Episode 440: PODCAST: US Space Force engages with Australian SMEs at AusSpace24
Episode 439: PODCAST: Australia’s growing need for a national security strategy, with Andrew Wallace MP
Episode 438: PODCAST: Delivering Black Hawk in record time and setting the record straight on Army’s Aviation evolution
Episode 437: PODCAST: Life after Parliament and the changing geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, with Scott Morrison
Episode 436: PODCAST: Private capital key to driving SME growth, with Mark Stevens
Episode 435: PODCAST: Putting veteran families first, with the Families of Veterans Guild’s Renee Wilson
Episode 434: SPOTLIGHT: Mission engineering – a missing piece of the capability puzzle, with Downer’s Rachel Hatton and Nathan Rickard

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