SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 29 January 2008: Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) has welcomed Raytheon Australia as its principal sponsor for the next three years.
Raytheon Australia has been a sponsor of both the men’s and women’s sides since 2002. The announcement made at the Chief of Navy’s Sea Power Conference 2008 gave RANRU the opportunity to thank Raytheon Australia for their continued support.
“I am delighted to make this announcement; Raytheon is a very strong supporter of Navy Rugby. This enduring high level of commitment from Raytheon Australia will allow us to prepare the best possible teams for the 2009 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup,” said President of RAN Rugby Union, Commodore Bruce Kafer.
Ron Fisher, Managing Director of Raytheon Australia, elaborated on the motivation to sponsor the teams.
“We are proud to continue this relationship with RANRU. We firmly believe that supporting our men and women in uniform doesn’t stop in the delivery of programs,” he said.
The Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup event is held every three years and sees the best Rugby players from the Navies of Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and New Zealand come together for an intense series of competition.
The sponsorship will contribute to the development of junior Rugby players across the fleet.
With facilities located across the country, Raytheon Australia is a highly capable prime contractor with an engineering and technical workforce of 1300 backed by world-class management and quality systems. This local presence is bolstered by strong relationships with small and medium sized enterprises and access to the global resources of Raytheon Company.
Raytheon Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $19.7 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.