Sir Nick Hine appointed to lead Babcock’s AUKUS team

A former UK Royal Navy Vice-Admiral with decades of experience in naval strategy and submarine operations has been appointed as Babcock’s Managing Director – AUKUS & International, to lead our work aiming to deliver key capabilities in support of the trilateral security treaty.

Sir Nick Hine joined Babcock from the Royal Navy where he was the Second Sea Lord and he brings with him a wealth of wider Government and industry facing knowledge which will be invaluable to the delivery of the AUKUS capabilities.

“AUKUS is the defining security partnership of our time, and I am honoured, and excited, to be playing a key role in ensuring that Babcock is well positioned to support AUKUS, and in doing so further strengthening the alliance between our great nations,” Sir Nick said.

“Babcock has a long-standing and proud heritage in nuclear safety and stewardship, supporting the Royal Navy submarine enterprise for more than 50 years. AUKUS also unlocks many more opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomy, hypersonics, electronic warfare and cyber systems which are vital to changing the way we conduct warfare.”

Operating the UK’s only licensed facility for refitting refuelling and defueling nuclear submarines, Babcock manages two of the UK’s three naval bases (HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport) which undertake 100 per cent of the deep maintenance, in-service support, and through life management of the UK fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. Along with our key strategic naval sites in Australia, this ideally positions us to provide the basis to deliver AUKUS capabilities.