Navy unveils new deal with industry partners

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Sea Power Conference

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, meets Mr John Gessler and Mr Andrew James from Sonartech Atlas at Sea Power 19. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, meets Mr John Gessler and Mr Andrew James from Sonartech Atlas at Sea Power 19.

The Navy Industry Engagement Strategy was launched by the Chief of Navy at the start of the Sea Power Conference in Sydney.

Vice Admiral Mike Noonan said the Royal Australian Navy was undergoing an unprecedented and ambitious shipbuilding program and Industry is a critical driver of success.

“Without Industry we don’t go to sea, we don’t fly our aircraft and ultimately, we are unable to defend Australia and our national interests,” Chief of Navy said.

“It was really obvious to me that we needed to transform Navy’s transactional relationships with Industry to those of longer-term, mutually beneficial, partnerships,” he said.

The strategy is based on four ‘Ds’ - 

  • Direction - which must be consistent and aligned

  • Dialogue - effective two-way communication between Industry and Navy

  • Difference - through innovation

  • Delivery - focus on capability

The Chief of Navy has signalled a renewed focus on engaging Defence businesses of all sizes to advance Navy’s capability.

“As Chief of Navy, I’m excited to continue meeting with large and medium enterprises,” Vice Admiral Noonan told the gathering.

“More and more, you’ll see me and my leadership team meeting with small businesses across our country.”

Vice Admiral Noonan said as capability manager and as an end user, Navy is determined to have a voice in all phases of the capability life cycle.

“We have a world class, capable, and lethal Navy,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“I need cutting edge technology in all aspects of the Australian shipbuilding Industry,” he said.