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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

British nuclear expert Stephen Ludlam to head Australian Submarine Corporation

A LEADING British expert in nuclear engineering technology, Stephen Ludlam, has been appointed the new head of the Australian Submarine Corporation. 

Mr Ludlam, 56, currently president of Rolls Royce Submarines, was selected after a global search for the new head of Australia's only government-owned prime defence contractor, ASC said today.
The appointment comes at a critical time for the Adelaide-based defence shipbuilder, which is about to start construction of Navy's new Hobart Class Air Warfare destroyers.
ASC is expected to take the lead in construction of the Royal Australian Navy's next generation submarine fleet.
The Defence White Paper blueprint released in May proposed a doubling of the current submarine fleet to 12 bigger and technically more complex boats.
“I am looking forward to building upon the unique skills and expertise already contained within ASC and continue to forge a path for ASC in the Australian naval defence industry,” Mr Ludlam said.
Mr Ludlam has 34 years' experience in the field of naval engineering, holds a Master of Science from Royal Naval College Greenwich and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Mr Ludlam takes over from acting managing director, Graeme Bulmer, in January (theaustralian news).