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.
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The Defence Connect team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 167: PODCAST: Maintenance and sustainment supporting Navy’s mission - RADM Wendy Malcolm
Episode 166: PODCAST: Defence and industry agility in a period of competition - Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence
Episode 165: PODCAST: Common heritage, shared history and moving forward into a contested environment – VADM Paul Maddison, UNSW
Episode 164: PODCAST: Aussie start-up providing leading edge autonomous maritime capability – Robert Dane, OCIUS, and Daniel Dent, Thales
Episode 163: PODCAST: Supporting Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability – Steve Robinson and Lee Kormany, Nova Systems
Episode 162: PODCAST: Tomorrow’s technologies protecting Australia’s shores – J3Seven’s Michael Molnar and Decision Sciences’ Geoff Clelland
Episode 161: PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC
Episode 160: PODCAST: Our role in the evolving region and the challenges for Aussie unis – Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan
Episode 159: PODCAST: Regional security and the Pacific Patrol Boat program – Barry Jones, AMC
Episode 158: PODCAST: Exports and the Australian Defence Force – Leon Notelovitz, Santova Logistics