Australian Navy Officers Graduate from Royal Navy’s Nuclear Reactor Course

Australia, Defence

Three Royal Australian Navy officers have successfully completed the Royal Navy’s Nuclear Reactor Course in the United Kingdom, marking a significant milestone for Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarine capability. Lieutenant Commander James, Lieutenant Stephen, and Lieutenant Isabella, who was awarded Dux of the graduating class, will now proceed to practical training alongside Royal Navy sailors aboard UK Astute-class submarines in Scotland.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN, expressed his pride in the graduates and their achievements, acknowledging the exceptional skillset and knowledge they bring to the table. The training, which is part of the AUKUS partnership, enables the officers to undertake their general submarine qualification and complete their engineer officer of watch training.

Director-General Australian Submarine Agency, Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO, RAN, stated that the training is a critical step towards Australia operating and maintaining a sovereign fleet of nuclear-powered submarines from the early 2030s. The Australian Defence Force personnel are also gaining education, experience, and training in both UK and US shipyards, facilities, and fleet vessels.

The Royal Australian Navy is grateful for the solid support of the United Kingdom and the United States, along with their enduring commitment to help Australia build a highly skilled and capable submarine workforce.