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BAE Systems Australia appoints new maritime sustainment director

BAE Systems Australia appoints new maritime sustainment director

The former director of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Support Unit has joined BAE Systems as director, maritime sustainment.

The former director of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Support Unit has joined BAE Systems as director, maritime sustainment.

BAE Systems Australia has appointed Greg Laxton as director, maritime sustainment, effective immediately.

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Laxton, who has spent 32 years in the naval industry, will lead a team of more than 900 employees, responsible for sustainment of many of the Royal Australia Navy’s front-line surface ship assets. 

Laxton joins BAE Systems from the RAN’s Fleet Support Unit (FSU), where he served as director from October 2018 to August 2020.

Prior to joining the FSU, Laxton served as director of the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) Systems Program Office of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) from November 2014 to May 2017.

The new appointee has also held several engineering roles at the RAN over a six-year period from December 2008 to November 2014.

Andrew Gresham, BAE Systems’ managing director of defence delivery, welcomed the appointee to his new role.

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“Greg’s background makes him ideally placed to lead our Maritime Sustainment business and continue to support the Royal Australian Navy through a changing maritime sustainment landscape,” he said.

“I look forward to working with him to ensure BAE Systems remains focused on delivering program excellence in asset management, optimising performance for our customer.”

[Related: BAE Systems exec joins Austal’s leadership team]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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