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Rear Admiral Dave Goggins to support AUKUS Program

17 June 2022
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, announced that Rear Adm. Dave Goggins has been selected as a Special Assistant in support of the on-going Australia – United Kingdom – United States (AUKUS) partnership’s effort on June 17.

Goggins is currently the Program Executive Officer Attack Submarines (PEO SSN), and will be relieved by Rear Adm. Jonathon Rucker.  Goggins will report to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RD&A).  

“Admiral Goggins selection to lead AUKUS will further our efforts to strengthen our strategic partnerships with Australia and the United Kingdom.  Dave comes to us at a critical time in the consultation period of AUKUS and is the right person to spearhead the analysis of the submarine development production and testing efforts. Under his leadership, I’m confident the AUKUS team will help meet the objective of determining the best path toward equipping the Royals Australian Navy with a nuclear-powered, conventionally-armed class of attack submarines by March 2023.  Rear Adm. Goggins will also be leading the planning and standup of the enduring U.S. Navy efforts to implement whichever approach the Australian’s choose at the end of the consultation period.” said Secretary Del Toro.

Goggins’ prior achievements include serving at the Virginia Class Program Manager where he delivered three new-construction submarines to the Fleet and initiated the design of the Virginia Payload Module and Acoustic Superiority upgrades for the Virginia Class. He also served as the Columbia Class SSBN program manager where he accomplished major design and acquisition milestones. As PEO SSN, Goggins oversaw both the construction and delivery of Virginia Class SSNs and also lifecyle and maintenance of in-service attack submarines. 

“This move strengthens the AUKUS’s submarine’s initiative and demonstrates our commitment to the United States’ allies,” concluded Secretary Del Toro.

Information about the AUKUS partnership can be found here.


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