Today Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence, announced the whole boat contract with BAE Systems for the seventh and final Astute Class submarine, to be named HMS Agincourt.

ADS welcomes this announcement, which together with nearly £1bn spending also announced today for the Dreadnought submarine programme represents an investment of £2.5bn in the UK’s submarine fleet.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“The UK’s nuclear submarine programme plays a vital part in ensuring the UK’s national security and the £2.5bn investment in new submarines announced today is welcome news for the Royal Navy, for the UK defence industry and for the BAE Systems workforce in Barrow.

“Delivering the seventh Astute class submarine will sustain thousands of high-value and strategically important jobs in Barrow, as well as in the supply chain across the UK. The Astute programme is an excellent example of successful long-term strategic partnership between the Government and industry making an important contribution to both the country’s safety and prosperity.”

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