Engineering firm Babcock has secured more than £330million of Government contracts to maintain and upgrade the Royal Navy’s expanding fleet or warships and submarines.
The contracts form part of a new support deal unveiled by Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, at the Conservatives’ annual conference.
Worth around £1 billion, the suite of contracts will support more than a thousand jobs in the UK, including at BAE Systems and Babcock in Devonport, Portsmouth, Bristol and on the Clyde, as well as Thales in Crawley and AGI Ltd in Poole.
The Conservatives say the Common Support Model (CSM) will help maintain the UK’s world class Armed Forces by providing comprehensive support across the entire Royal Navy fleet for decades to come in one new overarching arrangement.
It has also been awarded a £12 million contract for ships’ protective systems for the current Royal Navy surface Fleet, including aircraft carriers, and submarines.
A further two contracts worth £150 million for amendments to the Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) have been secured with BAE Systems and Babcock to ensure the continuing support of the Royal Navy’s surface Fleet, including the two new carriers.
The Government says the new arrangement will bring together separate support agreements for individual ship types under a single, more efficient and more manageable model.
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This new deal will support the Royal Navy as we prepare to welcome two huge new aircraft carriers, two new classes of frigates and new support ships.”
“We are growing the Royal Navy and ensuring that our warships will spend more time out at sea defending Britain’s interests.”
“As threats intensify, only under the Conservatives will Britain be a global leader in defence and by investing in our armed forces through our rising defence budget we are helping keeping people safe at home while working with allies abroad.”