New Head Australia Future Submarine Program

HMAS Collins

The Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, has today announced the appointment of Rear Admiral (RADM) Rowan Moffitt, AO, RAN, to the new position of Head Future Submarine Program in Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).

“The early stages of the program require large amounts of Government to Government and Navy to Navy interaction which makes RADM Moffitt an excellent choice to lead the program in its early years,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The future submarine is planned to replace the Collins class submarine commencing in 2025. This highly complex project is a high priority for the Rudd Labor Government.
“The appointment of RADM Moffitt meets the Government’s commitment, at the last election, to ensure that preliminary work on Australia’s next generation of submarines is progressed,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

RADM Moffitt will report to the Chief Executive Officer of DMO, Dr Stephen Gumley, and will lead a combined Navy, DMO and Capability Development Group Future Submarine Project Office, commencing duties on 23 February 2009. (mediacentre)

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