Boris Johnson gives Navy a boost by pledging to order five new frigates to be made in Britain

Mail Online | 9/11/2019 | Claire Ellicott Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Boris Johnson has pledged to ‘bring shipbuilding home’ by announcing that five new Royal Navy warships will be made in Britain.

He will declare today which company has won a £1.3billion contract to build Type 31 frigates.

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The announcement is part of a pledge to regenerate shipbuilding and to strengthen the Royal Navy.

The programme is expected to support more than 2,500 jobs across the UK, with different elements of the frigates being assembled and built at British shipyards.

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At least 150 of these jobs will be for new technical apprenticeships. The ships will be built exclusively in the UK, the Government stressed.

Mr Johnson has appointed Defence Secretary Ben Wallace as his Shipbuilding Tsar, and the Department for International Trade will this week launch a new Maritime Trade and Investment Plan.

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The Government has pledged to maintain a surface fleet of at least 19 frigates and destroyers and to expand this fleet in the 2030s.

Mr Johnson said: ‘The UK is an outward-looking island nation, and we need a...
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