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UDT 2024

Simon Petitt OBE

Captain RN (Retd.) Simon Petitt OBE

Complex System Product Lead (Ships Div), Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd
United Kingdom

An experienced maritime professional, Simon spent nearly 37 years in the Royal Navy.  A weapon and combat system engineer, he spent many years in front-line and HQ roles, latterly spending several years supporting the build of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.  He supported the design of the combat system and then, as the Senior Naval Officer (first Captain – during build) led the build up of the first crew, developing how they would operate the vessel and ensuring their training prior to sailing, as well as being a member of the Project Leadership Team managing the build of both vessels in Rosyth, Scotland.  Following this, he was the Head of Engineering and Support for Royal Navy’s Portsmouth Flotilla managing the transition into service of the Carriers and another new class of warship, before becoming Head of the Royal Navy’s Capability, Trials and Assessment organisation.  Delighted to join Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd in 2022, Simon works within the Surface Ships’ Division as the Complex System Product Lead, leading a portfolio of Autonomous Surface Vessel and Sonar Capabilities.