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PODCAST: Reflecting on an extensive defence career, Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Bob Love CB, OBE

Bob Love, Babcock

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Bob Love, who looks back at his long and varied career with the Royal Navy.


Love explains his pivotal role as the Royal Navy’s director general (ships) as well as potential learnings for Australia’s shipbuilding sector drawing on his experience as the officer in charge of the biggest shipbuilding program in Europe since WW2 – including taking the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class carrier program through main gate.

He also discusses his career post navy working with Babcock and BMT plus what the future holds as a senior defence executive. Additionally, he shares how the UK relationship between the services and industry differs to Australia, and why he believes Australia’s defence industry has a unique advantage compared with other countries.

Having received an Order of the British Empire from the Queen for his involvement in the recovery of HMS Nottingham off the coast of Australia, Love gives the story behind it and shares his plans to turn the experience into a book upon retirement.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 184: PODCAST: Extreme ownership – John Gretton ‘Jocko’ Willink
Episode 183: PODCAST: Supporting the defence workforce – Richard Price, Defence SA
Episode 182: PODCAST: Priorities for the defence industry – Matt Keogh, shadow defence industry minister
Episode 181: PODCAST: The need for a national security strategy – Senator Jim Molan
Episode 180: PODCAST: Maintaining intellectual advantage within the cyber defence space - Matthew Wilson, Penten
Episode 179: PODCAST: The 15-year evolution of the Bushmaster – Paul Feighan, Thales
Episode 178: PODCAST: How Australian SMEs can compete on a global stage – John O’Callaghan, Defence Council Victoria
Episode 177: PODCAST: The key challenges facing naval shipbuilding in Australia – Alain Houard, Dassault Systèmes
Episode 176: PODCAST: Operations since the SEA 1442 program contract, Michael Lenton, Leonardo
Episode 175: PODCAST: Forging closer industry partnerships on the back of Type 26 – Mark Goldsack, Defence & Security Organisation, UK government

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