Global Leader in International Ship Building Industry News

posted in:

New General Manager brings defence experience to Austal’s Australian shipyard operations

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012

Austal’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, said Mr Backhouse would bring considerable value to the operation, which is now focussed on the design and manufacture of naval and paramilitary vessels for the Australian and international markets.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Graham’s calibre and experience join us to lead the Henderson Shipyard Operations. He brings a strong background in defence contracting and will be a pivotal member of the executive leadership team,” he said.

Mr Backhouse’s career includes 24 years in the defence field, working with industry and governments throughout the world including in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Canada and Australia.

His most recent position in defence was as General Manager for the ANZAC Ship Alliance. This industry-government partnership provided operational support services to the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates. This included design, configuration management, system integration, in service engineering, upgrade, repair and operational maintenance.

“Austal is an exciting company with a strong track record of delivering innovative, client and capability focused solutions to the global market,” Mr Backhouse said.

“The capabilities of Austal and its products are amply demonstrated by the Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel programs for the US Navy, and numerous successes in the patrol boat market. I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued emergence as a world leader in naval shipbuilding and support,” he added.

Austal, as prime contractor, is contracted to build eight Cape Class patrol boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service at its HSO, south of Fremantle, Western Australia. The first of these 58.1 metre aluminium monohulls will be launched early next year. Austal is also contracted to provide in-service support to the fleet until at least 2019.

Source: Austal

posted in:

Other Ship Building News

ISS promotes talent 11-04-2014
Redline Communications Extends High Speed Wireless to Vehicles, Ships and Offshore Oil and Gas Operations 10-04-2014
AkzoNobel introduces pioneering software for shipping industry 04-04-2014
AkzoNobel develops pioneering software for shipping industry 03-04-2014
ISS advises status of ports following Chile earthquake and tsunami warning 03-04-2014
Intergraph announces that Saipem Enters an Agreement to Standardize on Intergraph® SmartPlant® Technology 03-04-2014
ISS announces Brazil nomination for offshore project 02-04-2014
Canadian Shipowners Association thanks the Government of Canada for additional icebreaking support 31-03-2014
L-3 MAPPS Selected to Design the Integrated Platform Management System for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship Project 28-03-2014
Oceanteam takes 40% stake in new offshore shipping company 27-03-2014