BORIS Johnson will today order work to begin on a new fleet of warships by the end of the year in a big boost to the UK’s shipbuilding industry.
The PM will unveil the name of the company that has won a new contract to build at least five new Type 31 frigates this morning.
Five new Type 31 frigates will be made in the UK to support jobs and boost Britain’s shipbuilding industry[/caption]
The ships will be assembled and made at various British shipyards.
The work, that will support 2,500 jobs, will “bring shipbuilding home”, the PM will declare.
Mr Johnson said: “This is an industry with a deep and visceral connection to so many parts of the UK and to the Union itself.
“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.”
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All five ships will be delivered by the end of 2028, giving the Navy’s badly depleted fleet a long called-for boost.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace dubbed the Type 31s “fast, agile and versatile”.
He added: “These mighty ships will from the next generation of the Royal Navy fleet, projecting power and influence across the globe”.
Boris Johnson says he looks forward to the restoration of British excellence[/caption]
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