Babcock is the Royal Navy's strategic support partner for its nuclear-powered submarine force. It works on all aspects of the submarine:
- Hull and systems
- Nuclear reactor and secondary propulsion plant
- Combat system
- Strategic weapons system (in the case of the deterrent submarines)
All engineering activities are the subject of extensive safety and environmental justification, including independent regulatory approval by both Government agencies and the Royal Navy itself. The docks, facilities and cross-site services used in carrying out these tasks are designed and justified to meet the rigorous integrity and performance standards demanded by modern nuclear safety requirements. These include earthquake resistance, reliability and redundancy to ensure that all potential hazards are reduced to levels that are as low as reasonably practicable.
Babcock's activities demand a highly skilled workforce for the justification and execution of all activities on both the submarine and the unique strategic infrastructure that is used for this work.