Head Navy Engineering

Head Navy Engineering is responsible to Chief of Navy for Naval engineering and maintenance discipline upkeep, Navy safety management governance, Fleet Support Unit strategic management; and the design, implementation and upkeep of the Defence Seaworthiness Management System. The rank associated with the position is Rear Admiral (2-star).

As Head of Navy Engineering:

  • set strategic direction, policies, standards and specifications that result in the delivery of seaworthy material
  • articulate requirements for people, processes and organisation that support the delivery of seaworthy material
  • define material certification requirements and policy
  • oversee an independent function to assure the delivery of seaworthy materiel
  • oversight the management and operations of the Fleet Support Unit (Australia)
  • develop and promulgate guidance to ensure the wider Navy understands its role in the delivery and maintenance of seaworthy material.

As Naval Flag Administrator:

  • set strategic direction, policies, standards and specifications for the Seaworthiness Management System on behalf of the Defence Seaworthiness Authority
  • define requirements for people, processes and organisation that support the delivery of the outcomes of Seaworthiness Management
  • define ship and submarine certification and licensing policy
  • oversee an independent function to assure the effective and efficient operation of the Seaworthiness Management System
  • represent Navy in the Defence Work Health & Safety Committee.

Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence AM RAN was appointed Head Navy Engineering on 5 December 2016.

RADM Colin Lawrence

Rear Admiral Colin John Lawrence

Colin John Lawrence joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1986 as part of the inaugural first year intake into the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. He graduated with a Bachelor...

List of Previous Heads of Navy Engineering

RADM Michael Uzzell
(2011 - 2016)

Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell

Michael Uzzell joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman in January 1982, graduating in 1985 with degree in Electrical Engineering, with majors in digital and radio frequency communication. He...