Jay Hart

Chief Combat Systems Engineer

Jay Hart - Chief Combat Systems Engineer

Jay Hart joined BMT Defence Services as the Chief Combat Systems Engineer having retired from the Royal Navy as a Commodore in October 2010.  As Chief Combat Systems Engineer he leads on the combat systems content of the company’s design and naval engineering services, and oversees the professional development of our combat systems engineers.  

With significant leadership experience in defence acquisition, he has successfully delivered complex and challenging programmes in both maritime and land environments. As part of this, he played a pivotal role in the development of the Common Core Combat System (CCCS) initiative for submarines and subsequently applied these principles within the land domain.

Jay Hart joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and, after studying for a degree in engineering at Bristol University, he qualified as a submarine weapons engineer, serving in HMS Conqueror and HMS Churchill. He then took a series of appointments at the Admiralty Research Establishment (ARE) Portland where he worked on future submarine combat systems, an MSc in the Design of Information Systems, and his Charge Appointment as the Weapons Engineer Officer in HMS Conqueror.  Following promotion to Commander in 1991, he joined the Trident Project and led a joint MOD and industry team providing support for the Vanguard Class tactical weapons system.  This was followed by an exchange appointment with the Royal Australian Navy in Canberra providing specialist support to the Collins Class submarine project, before returning in 1996 to co-ordinate the UK’s Maritime Applied Research Programme. 

In 1999, Jay was promoted to Captain and joined the Attack Submarines project team at MoD Abbey Wood as the project director for submarine capability upgrade projects.  His next appointment was on the Naval Staff as the First Sea Lord’s principal advisor for delivery of the SSBN nuclear deterrent force.  After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in early 2005, he joined the In Service Submarine team at MoD Abbey Wood with responsibility for capability upgrade programmes, information & knowledge management, and Submarine Escape & Rescue. His final appointment in the MoD from April 2007 was as the Delivery Team Leader for Bowman and Tactical CIS.

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