Minister gives approval to next stage of new N-subs

Profile image for Plymouth Herald

By Plymouth Herald | Monday, October 29, 2012, 05:30

MINISTERS have signalled their commitment to the next generation of nuclear-armed submarines, which promise to safeguard thousands of city jobs.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was today due to announce an extra £350million in funding for the next stage of design work on the vessels.

They will replace the four ageing Vanguard-class submarines which currently carry the Trident missiles.

The plans have major implications for the city. Devonport is the UK's only base with the specialist facilities and skilled workforce needed to maintain the current and future n-sub fleet.

The Vanguard submarines will be replaced from 2028 by the new vessels, which are being designed by British firms.

As a result of the latest funding, defence industry giant Babcock, which owns Devonport Dockyard, will press ahead with an additional £38million worth of work. It follows on from £350million in design contracts announced earlier this year, of which Babcock netted £15million.

The move is likely to put a further strain on the coalition Government. The Tories' Lib Dem partners are currently undertaking a review into whether there are cheaper alternatives to building the new missile-carrying vessels.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has revealed that one of the Vanguard submarines, HMS Vigilant, successfully fired an unarmed Trident ballistic missile during a test launch in the Atlantic Ocean last week.

It claimed the exercise, the first in three years, confirmed the credibility of the deterrent.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Our continuous submarine-based nuclear deterrent is the ultimate safeguard of our national security and the Government is committed to maintaining it, both now and in the future.

"The test firing and further investment in replacing the deterrent demonstrates that commitment.

"This latest expenditure for the next generation of nuclear-armed submarines is an investment in UK security and the British economy, sustaining high-quality jobs and vital skills."

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope added: "The Royal Navy has for more than 43 years continuously operated the UK's nuclear deterrent to stringent safety standards."

      

Comments

       
  • Profile image for ExeCellent

    Re: minister gives approval to next stage of new N-subs. If the plans go ahead, it seems to be good news for Devonport. It will be interesting to see how this story develops.

    By ExeCellent at 14:00 on 29/10/12

      Report
              
     
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Devonport

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • TENANT FIND SERVICE AVAILABLE!

    M & L Associates - See 'Useful Information' for our current Available Properties)

    Please call M&L Associates on 01752 261596 for more information.

    Terms: Are you a Landlord needing to tenant your current property? ... Look no further, we provide excellent service to you, for a tenant find service we charge just £80 only! Call now!

    Contact: 01752421799

    Valid until: Wednesday, October 15 2014

     
  • Are you looking for a property to rent?

    CB Property Services

    If you are currently looking for a new flat or house please give us a call on 01752 349740 and give us your details.

    Terms: We will try and match you to our current properties, if not we will put you on our files and contact you when we have something available!!

    Contact: 01752 349740

    Valid until: Friday, October 31 2014

     
  • FREE FOR 6 MONTHS Rent Guarantee and Legal Expenses Cover on all NEW Managed Rental Instructions

    Bradleys Estate Agents Ltd

    If you are looking to rent out a property, take advantage of this policy that ensures that the returns on your property investment are not damaged by non payment of rent and a costly eviction process.

    Terms: Offer only available on all new managed instructions during September 2014. Policy must be ordered within 14 days after the tenancy agreement starts. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

    Contact: 01395 224800

    Valid until: Tuesday, September 30 2014

     
   

Local Jobs

       
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent