Rhode IndoPac 728 90 leaderboardUnderwater capability provider JFD Limited, part of James Fisher & Sons, announced it has named Peter Laughton as head of military diving to support the company’s continued growth within both the UK and international defence markets.

Laughton brings over 32 years of extensive operational experience in the Royal Navy, with a substantial part of his career at sea in frigates, destroyers, and mine-hunters. His specialisation since 1998 as a mine clearance diving officer, along with his recent operational command of a 12-nation International Maritime Security Construct and Coalition Task Force SENTINEL, ensures that, as head of military diving, Laughton will provide expertise and knowledge to enhance JFD’s Defence Diving Product Line.

As a member of the Defence Management Team, Laughton will be accountable for the general management of our global Defence Diving team and responsible for the further development and implementation of its strategy and delivering mission success to  customers. A key part of Laughton’s role will be working closely with international teams and customers to develop JFD’s Military Diving product portfolio for the future.

Richard Devlin, Defence Director of JFD said: “JFD is thrilled to announce the appointment of Peter Laughton to join the team. His depth of practical experience and knowledge will help us gain a distinctive perspective and build our competitive advantage as we work to strengthen our portfolio to better support the strategic requirements for our customers not only for today but also looking towards the future. Having Peter on our team and leveraging his operational expertise will significantly enhance JFD’s commitment to ensuring the safety of subsea workers.”

Laughton said on his appointment that “I am genuinely thrilled to be joining JFD as the Head of Military Diving. It’s a hugely exciting and challenging role that is in many respects a wonderful return to where it all began as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer. I look forward to playing my part applying my expertise and passion for innovation to further enhance safety and operational efficiency for underwater operators. Given my reliance on JFD life support systems throughout my Naval career, I am looking forward to transferring my operational understanding to help JFD continue its success as a leading provider of complex and critical systems supporting leading Navies globally.”


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