NEWS | March 2, 2021

Royal Australian Navy Officer Supports the Future USS Daniel Inouye

In January 2019, as part of its inaugural participation in the U.S. Navy Personnel Exchange Program, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Bath welcomed Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Elizabeth Ringrose-Voase into the role of DDG 51 production and delivery officer. Since joining the Command, LEUT Ringrose-Voase has been involved in the construction process of Arleigh Burke Class destroyers, with a focus on the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118). In this capacity, she has been involved in the planning and execution of major milestones including the launching of the ship and sea trials. 

“From generator and main engine light-offs to ensuring system and space readiness for sea trials, LEUT Ringrose-Voase has seen the ship through the rigorous trials and delivery process,” said Cmdr. Kathleen Campbell, DDG-51 program manager's representative. “She is a future leader in shipbuilding and we have been fortunate to have her as a member of our team.”

Prior to her participation in the U.S. Navy Personnel Exchange Program, LEUT Ringrose-Voase previously held positions with  the Royal Australian Navy including Assistant Marine Engineering Officer on HMAS Darwin, an Adelaide Class FFG. She was awarded her Marine Engineering Officer certificate of competency in September 2016 before posting into the FFG Systems program office where she assisted in the management of external maintenance for Australia’s two remaining FFGs.

In December 2020, Capt. Joseph Tuite, commanding officer of SUPSHIP Bath recognized LEUT Ringrose-Voase’s considerable contributions, awarding her the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

“Thanks to LEUT Ringrose-Voase’s efforts, DDG 118 executed builder’s trials, performing exceptionally well, even with the added challenges of operating in a COVID environment and in adverse weather conditions,” said Capt. Tuite. “Her continued devotion to duty positioned DDG 118 for a successful acceptance trial and upcoming delivery to the fleet.”

On completion of the exchange with the U.S. Navy, LEUT Ringrose-Voase will return to the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia where she will be involved in the construction of ships for the Royal Australian Navy.