Boris Johnson will right now announce which firm is the popular bidder for the contract to construct the Royal Navy’s new fleet of Type 31 frigates, after pledging to “bring shipbuilding home”.
The authorities has dedicated to purchasing a minimum of 5 of the warships, in addition to hoping to promote them to different governments. The Ministry of Defence goals to award the £1.3bn contract by the top of the yr.
The first ship is predicted to start sea trials in 2023.
The frigates will be constructed solely within the UK with totally different parts being fabricated and assembled at numerous British shipyards.
The Type 31 programme will assure a minimum of 2,500 throughout the nation together with 150 new technical apprenticeships.
The ships will be fitted with the world-leading Sea Ceptor missile system, in addition to with the ability to function a Merlin or Wildcat helicopter.
The prime minister stated: “The UK is an outward-looking island nation, and we want a shipbuilding trade and Royal Navy that replicate the significance of the seas to our safety and prosperity.
“This is an trade with a deep and visceral connection to so many components of the UK and to the Union itself.
“My authorities will do all it might to develop this facet of our heritage and the women and men who make up its workforce – from apprentices embarking on a protracted profession, to these households who’ve labored in shipyards for generations.
“I look forward to the restoration of British influence and excellence across the world’s oceans. I am convinced that by working together we will see a renaissance in this industry which is so much part of our island story – so let’s bring shipbuilding home.”
The frigate-building programme is a part of a wider plan to breathe new life into the UK shipbuilding trade. To that finish Mr Johnson has named Defence Secretary Ben Wallace as the brand new shipbuilding tsar.
Mr Wallace stated: “These mighty ships will kind the subsequent era of the Royal Navy fleet. The Type 31 frigates will be a quick, agile and versatile warship, projecting energy and affect throughout the globe.
“The ships will be important to the Royal Navy’s mission to holding peace, offering life-saving humanitarian help and safeguarding the financial system internationally from the North Atlantic, to the Gulf, and within the Asia Pacific.”