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The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for the fifth and sixth Astute class submarines, securing thousands of jobs at Barrow's shipyard.

The Secretary of State for Defence, Bob Ainsworth MP, made the announcement this morning. He said: "I am pleased to announce the next steps on three projects that will deliver vital equipment and support to the Royal Navy in the coming years and maintain a sovereign maritime industrial sector configured to meet our defence needs efficiently.
"We have decided to proceed with the Assessment Phase for the Type 26 Combat Ship, the Royal Navy’s next generation surface warship; to sign a Terms of Business Agreement (TOBA) with Babcock Marine covering surface and submarine support activities; and to commit to the initial build and long lead procurement activities for Astute Boats 5 and 6 respectively at BAE Submarine Solutions at Barrow-in-Furness.
"The Government has made a contractual commitment to proceed with the initial build of Astute Boat 5 and long lead procurement activities associated with Astute Boat 6, at a total cost of over £300 million. This commitment is necessary now to ensure a consistent workload for the UK’s submarine building industry. This investment will allow the timely delivery of the Astute class boats, which are the biggest and most advanced attack submarines ever ordered for the Royal Navy.
"Furthermore, since the same industrial skills, experience and capability are necessary to deliver the successor deterrent submarine programme, this investment will play a part in ensuring a smooth transition from the Astute programme to the successor deterrent.
"These decisions demonstrate the Government’s commitment to the long-term future of the Royal Navy and the UK's maritime defence industry. They will deliver vital defence capability and sustain a world class, efficient sovereign maritime industry."
See tomorrow's Evening Mail for a full reaction to the announcement.

Have your say

Who cares about electioneering? It doesn't really matter which party is in "charge", they are just faces at the door. We live in a one party state and anyone who gets taken in by submarine orders is blind to the facts. But at least there's some work for people in Barrow, building toys for the powers that be.

Posted by S on 26 March 2010 at 13:29

How much more cynical can this government get? They've already slowed the build programme for the Astutes, and with this latest piece of electioneering skullduggery have plumbed new depths. Get ready for John Woodcock to go on and on and on and on and on and on, telling anyone gullible enough to listen that their future is safe in labour's hands, which is more than can be said for the education of the townspeoples' children.

Posted by Neil on 26 March 2010 at 12:44

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