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Babcock Australasia appoints leadership to oversee RAN sustainment at Henderson

Babcock Australasia has appointed Rob Dunn into a leadership role, overseeing the company’s sustainment of Royal Australian Navy ships at Henderson in Western Australia.

Babcock Australasia has appointed Rob Dunn into a leadership role, overseeing the company’s sustainment of Royal Australian Navy ships at Henderson in Western Australia.

As part of RMP-West, Babcock will work in partnership with the Department of Defence to deliver naval sustainment capability for Australia in the region, while Rob Dunn will act as the new program director, Regional Maintenance Provider West.

Dunn has previously served for 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, held the role of project director Uncrewed Aerial Systems Ranges at QinetiQ Australia in Canberra, worked in various roles at BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia and the UK, including as head of capability integration for the Salam Project in Riyadh to deliver Typhoon aircraft into Saudi Arabia.


“I am delighted to take up this important role. As a former veteran in the Australian Defence Force, it is a privilege to lead the vital sustainment of our Royal Australian Navy ships and support our service men and women to help them fulfil their mission,” he said.

Babcock Australasia, as part of global aerospace and defence company Babcock International Group, currently sustains 70 per cent of the major surface fleet for the Royal Australian Navy and 100 per cent of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“Rob’s extensive experience and leadership will support the delivery of RMP-West in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy and our local industry partners and suppliers,” according to Simon Spratt, Babcock Australasia managing director - marine.

“As the premier warship sustainment company in Australia and New Zealand, Babcock is proud to [be] working in partnership with our customer, the Australian government, at a time when national security has never been more important or more complex to deliver.”

Earlier this year, Babcock International Group and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced a partnership to help support the delivery of Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine capability.

Under the agreement, announced at DSEI in London, the companies revealed they will develop models for achieving a sovereign nuclear-powered submarine capability spanning infrastructure, sustainment, and skills development.

The announcement builds on an existing relationship between the two companies in the United States and the United Kingdom on nuclear decommissioning, disposal, and national security opportunities.

Currently, Babcock sustains the entire UK Royal Navy’s submarine fleet and also owns and operates the UK’s only licensed facility for the refitting, refuelling, and defuelling of nuclear submarines.

As the US’ largest shipbuilding company, HII has delivered more than 60 nuclear submarines for the US Navy in the last 40 years.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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