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Barrow welcomes Chief Executive

BAE Systems Chief Executive Ian King meets Submarines grauates and apprentices.
Engaging Maritime – Submarines people was one of Ian King’s main objectives when he visited the Barrow shipyard, and the BAE Systems Chief Executive was impressed by the energy of those he met.

They ranged from graduates and apprentices working on the third and fourth Astute submarines, Artful and Audacious, and welding apprentices in the training centre, to the New Assembly Shop (NAS) safety team, and to everyone involved in business development and in capability and resourcing.

Ian put graduates and apprentices at their ease, displaying knowledge of current football news – and of karate, as he spoke to multi-medal winning apprentice Gemma Marwood.

Ian also managed to inspect the core load house on Artful, to see progress on one of this year’s major Astute programme milestones, and spoke with the Successor deterrent submarine programme team. 

"A real example of inspired work"

Ian commented: “What shone through across the site was the pride, dedication, the commitment to safety and training, and the desire to deliver an immensely complex product to the satisfaction of its customers. This is a business operating as a single team, which is a massive change from previous visits, and a real example of inspired work.”