A retired Royal Australian Navy Commodore has been appointed as a program director.
Lockheed Martin Australia has named Commodore (Ret'd) Peter Ashworth OAM as its new program director, global training systems, effective immediately.
In his new role, Ashworth will be charged with leading a team of 135 employees over four locations around Australia, supporting the delivery of sustainment services for Australian Defence Force’s JP 9711 core simulation capability, AIR 5428 Pilot Training System and Basic Wings Course programs.
Ashworth served with the RAN for over 40 years across a range of senior leadership roles in Navy Aviation Systems, Navy Fleet Air Arm, and Defence Aviation and aircrew training acquisition programs
This included a stint as Director General, Navy Aviation Systems from August 2018 to January 2020.
Ashworth was recognised for his service to the Navy in 2018, receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia.
“Peter Ashworth’s reputation precedes him. He is highly regarded within the Royal Australian Navy and the Defence community, and we are delighted to welcome him aboard to Lockheed Martin Australia,” Steve Froelich, vice president of operations Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems Australia and New Zealand, said.
“Peter brings tremendous experience and expertise with unique insights into defence training capability.
“Peter will focus on growing our training and sustainment solutions across live, virtual and simulated training environments to support the Australian Defence Force’s operational readiness requirements.”
Ashworth welcomed the opportunity to leverage his expertise in the private sector.
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“I’m very excited to be joining Lockheed Martin Australia,” he said.
“I’ve had 44 years in Defence with a lot of those years working in programs that involved defence industry, including Lockheed Martin.
“I’ve long admired the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation and delivery.”
The new appointee will be based out of Lockheed Martin Australia’s headquarters in Canberra.