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Babcock welcomes AUKUS announcement

Babcock International Group (Babcock) welcomes the announcement from the Australian, United Kingdom and United States Governments regarding the optimal pathway for acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS pact.

Babcock CEO David Lockwood said: “Babcock plays a critical role in all three countries’ submarine programmes today. Our experience of nuclear infrastructure, workforce upskilling, and regulatory and safety stewardship means we are ideally positioned to help deliver a nuclear-powered submarine capability for the Royal Australian Navy under the AUKUS agreement.”

Babcock has a proven track record for managing complex assets in highly regulated environments.  Owning and operating the UK’s only licensed facility for refitting, refuelling and defueling nuclear submarines, Babcock sustains the entirety of the Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet, including the delivery of through-life support and life extension of the Vanguard, Trafalgar, and Astute Submarine Classes.

As the premier warship sustainment company in Australia and New Zealand, underpinned by our global experience, Babcock stands ready to help grow Australia’s local industrial capability to support the acquisition and operation of the new submarine fleet – helping to keep Australasia safe and secure.

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