Former Navy Chief joins Whiskey Project Group as adviser

Line of Defence Magazine - Update

The Whiskey Project
RADM (Retd) John Martin ONZM joins TWPG as Strategic Adviser.

Trans-Tasman tactical watercraft manufacturer The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG) has announced the appointment of former Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin ONZM (retired) as the company’s Strategic Adviser. 

TWPG’s New Zealand-based capabilities are centred on cutting-edge small boat design, led by TWPG’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NAiAD.

TWPG also announced the recent appointment of former Nelson Harbourmaster Andrew Hogg to the role of General Manager at Naiad, which is based in Picton. 

RADM (Retd) Martin is a Wellington based Strategy Consultant and independent Director who retired from military service as Chief of Navy in 2018 after a distinguished naval career spanning close to four decades. During his career he led defence force capability development including cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence, space, intelligence, and command and control. 

“John Martin’s understanding of the strategic maritime environment as well as his unmatched leadership, and international relations experience, will be invaluable to our growing trans-Tasman business, which is focused on building next-generation tactical watercraft for military, law enforcement and maritime rescue and patrol agencies,” said TWPG Founder and Managing Director Darren Schuback. 

Mr Schuback also welcomed Mr Hogg to the senior role of General Manager at Naiad.

“We are privileged that a Navy veteran and Harbourmaster of Andrew’s calibre is joining our team,” he said. “He will bring a lifetime of operational experience to his role, and continue to build Naiad’s reputation for robust, trusted and innovative small craft design.”