Western Australia

Defence Advocate to fight for WA’s fair share of defence jobs

Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia have announced the appointment of a Defence Advocate to champion the interests of Western Australia’s local defence industry and create jobs.

Rear Admiral (Rtd) Raydon Gates AO CSM retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2008, after 37 years of service. He has served in a number of leadership roles including Maritime Commander Australia, Commander of the Australian Defence College and Defence Attaché and Head Australian Defence Staff in Washington, DC.

He was chief executive of major defence contractor Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand for more than five years, retiring in January 2017.

Rear Admiral Gates will divide his time between Perth and Canberra and be supported by the Office of Defence West within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Source: WA Government