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Thursday, 18 December 2014

£1.2bn subs contract secures 3,000 Cumbrian jobs

Thousands of Cumbrian jobs have been safeguarded through a billion pound-plus Government contract.

In a significant boost for the county’s economy, it was announced today that a £1.2 billion contract has been awarded to build the Royal Navy’s new hunter-killer submarine HMS Audacious.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also announced that a further £1.5bn has been committed to the remaining three submarines in the class.

The £1.2bn contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow in south Cumbria.

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and will progressively replace the Trafalgar Class currently in service.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “This contract marks an important step forward in the progress of our Attack Submarine programme and moves the Royal Navy closer to adding more of these highly-advanced and powerful attack submarines to its fleet.

“This funding demonstrates our commitment not only to a key Royal Navy capability, but also to the submarine industry in Barrow, which will play a vital role in Britain’s defence for decades to come.”

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, the MoD’s director of submarines, said: “The Astute Class will become the jewel in the crown of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service and boasts much greater firepower and more advanced sonar and communications than ever before. These submarines represent a huge leap forward in technology and will operate all over the world with the Royal Navy.”

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