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Unlocking the Future: AUKUS and the World of Nuclear-Powered Submarines

You may or may not have heard of AUKUS, but it’s an interesting aspect of the defence industry to explore!

AUKUS (pronounced ‘or-cus’) is a groundbreaking alliance between the Australian, UK, and US Governments to replace Australia’s existing ageing diesel-electric submarine fleet with a new fleet of nuclear-propelled submarines.

Babcock, a prominent figure in Australia’s defence sector, is here to shed light on this game-changing initiative.

Nuclear-Powered Submarines (NPS)

These high-tech vessels use a nuclear reactor for propulsion and electrical power, setting them apart from traditional diesel-powered subs. They have a longer range, a greater speed and don’t have to resurface to recharge their power.

In the NATO world, they’re known as Sub-Surface Nuclear vessels or SSNs for short. This is a colossal leap for Australia, as we’ve never had nuclear submarines before. It opens up a world of new possibilities.

The Big Technical Gap and Going Nuclear

Why is this such a big deal?

This new capability for Australia presents a whole of nation opportunity; for new jobs, new industries, and new expertise in science and technology.

Babcock, a leading player in the UK, knows firsthand the importance of SSNs. Babcock support’s all of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy’s SSNs, from designing the next-generation submarines to maintaining in-service ones and even decommissioning old ones.

They handle everything, from nuclear infrastructure to everyday essentials like laundry. Safety is paramount in everything they do, ensuring the well-being of submariners, employees, and the public.

In Australia, Babcock also sustains critical systems for the existing Collins Class submarine fleet to ensure they are operationally ready.

Diverse Opportunities Await

If you’re wondering what career opportunities this opens up, the answer is, quite simply, a world of possibilities.

The Nuclear-Powered Submarine industry needs diverse skills, including:

  1. STEM Enthusiasts: If you have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or math, this field offers endless opportunities to apply your knowledge.
  2. Project Management Gurus: Those with strong organisational skills and a knack for managing projects will find a niche here.
  3. Financial Wizards: Finance experts play a crucial role in managing the financial aspects of these groundbreaking projects.
  4. Legal Eagles: If you’re interested in law, this sector needs legal minds to navigate complex regulations and contracts.
  5. TAFE or University: Whether you plan to attend TAFE or University, there’s a path for you in the Nuclear-Powered Submarine enterprise.
A Bright Future with Job Security

The most exciting part is job security. The Nuclear-Powered Submarine industry is not just a short-term endeavour—it’s a long-term commitment. Opportunities are set to extend for at least the next 70 years, offering stability and career growth that few other fields can match.

As a high school student, you might be wondering why you should pursue a career in defence. The answer is simple: it’s an industry at the forefront of technological advancements and national security.

A career in defence allows you to make a real impact on the world, contributing to the safety and well-being of your country.

How to Pursue a Career in Defence

The path to a defence career begins with your interests and talents. Identify your passion, whether it’s STEM, project management, finance, or another discipline, and explore opportunities in the field.

AUKUS and the era of Nuclear-Powered Submarines offer an exciting and secure future for high school students with diverse skills and interests. Take the first step towards an incredible career in defence and be part of a historic leap into the future.

Babcock, a leader in the defence sector, is just one of the many organisations eager to guide you on this exciting journey.

Find out more via their dedicated Explore Careers employer profile!

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