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Chancellor Osborne announces new shipbuilding strategy for the Royal Navy

Sunday, February 1st 2015 - 22:32 UTC
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At Portsmouth Naval Base the Chancellor was given a tour of the waterfront to see where the new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will be based At Portsmouth Naval Base the Chancellor was given a tour of the waterfront to see where the new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will be based
“Our ambition is to deliver the most modern Navy in the world which this Government believes is a national necessity”, underlined the Chancellor “Our ambition is to deliver the most modern Navy in the world which this Government believes is a national necessity”, underlined the Chancellor

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced at Portsmouth Naval Base a new national shipbuilding strategy in advance of a decision later this year on orders for the brand new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Chancellor also announced that these multi-million pound ships will be based at the Navy bases in Portsmouth and Plymouth.

 As part of the development of the UK shipbuilding strategy, the Chancellor has asked to look at the potential to build a new complex warship every two years. As well as maximizing export opportunities, this will ensure the Royal Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect UK's interests, retaining its status 'as the most modern Navy in the world'.

“The strategy will help deliver world class ships for the Royal Navy while ensuring the best value-for-money for the taxpayer. It will also ensure that the Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect Britain's interests and ensure continued investment in UK warship production. It will help maintain jobs, provide new apprenticeships, and develop advanced engineering skills”, said Chancellor Osborne.

The announcement builds further on the UK government’s commitment to Defense and the Royal Navy. Today, the Royal Navy is being modernized with new equipment, ships and submarines; it is building two of the second largest new aircraft carriers in the world, which will operate the most sophisticated fighter aircraft ever produced.

It will receive the world leading new Type 26 frigate. Two Astute Class submarines, the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world, have already deployed on operations and the UK is working to deliver a further five of the class over the next decade.

Combined with the Type 45 Destroyer and four modern tankers to support the fleet at sea, as well as the forthcoming renewal of Trident, this means the Royal Navy of today is being equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.

While on the visit to one of the world’s oldest dry docks, the Chancellor also announced almost £100m of infrastructure development in new dock facilities at Portsmouth Naval Base to further support the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The new work will encompass berthing and jetty improvements, new power supply and distribution, and significant dredging in the approach to the harbor to enable the base to accommodate the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “Ensuring a better and more secure future for Britain means equipping our Royal Navy for the challenges of the 21st century. It is only because we have a long term economic plan that we able to invest in our national security.

“Our ambition is to deliver the most modern Navy in the world which this Government believes is a national necessity. It will maintain and create jobs and deliver a more secure future for Britain.”

Responding on behalf of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said: “I am delighted by the Chancellor’s announcement today. The commitment to a new national shipbuilding strategy is not just a very significant investment in the UK’s shipbuilding future. It is also a powerful statement that our nation’s global interests will be protected by a credible, world class Navy – equipped with fast-jet aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers and frigates which will be the best and most modern in the world.”

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  • Briton

    That's great,
    but one ship every two years will not sustain the NAVY,

    one a year will only just break even,
    China and Russia have built multiple ships this year , alone,

    we need more ships, not more promises.
    ?

    Feb 01st, 2015 - 11:25 pm 0
  • tezza

    Dreadful spelling, defence* & harbour*
    This story appears to be about the Royal Navy, so please get the (correct) British spellings right.

    What is the language coming too?

    Feb 02nd, 2015 - 07:07 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    @1 Briton

    It's not quantity, it's quality.

    The Chinese are quite crap at ship building, and even their plans have been stolen from Russia.

    And Russia! Well lets they have got some really good ships but no where in the league of the ships the UK is producing right now.

    A few years ago in a joint NATO naval exercise the RN sent its type 45 destroyers to participate. They were chosen to play the 'enemy'.

    Eventually the US Navy asked the type 45 Captain to turn off his stealth mode as they couldn't be seen. So if the USN, with all of their technology, aircraft and despite their size, couldn't spot the T45, I very much doubt that the Russians and Chinese could.

    And all new ships being built will also have this stealth capability.

    Historically the UK has never had a large military, the largest we EVER had (not counting the 2 World Wars) was during the cold war. And most of them just sat around Germany not doing much but going on exercise followed by going down to the pub.

    Whilst I agree with your sentiments about the Armed Forces they will never return to the number we had in the cold war. Why not?

    Well you can blame the British public who want bigger and better hospitals, medical treatments, schools, roads etc..., but don't want a huge tax increase to pay for it. The money has to come from somewhere, and the opinion of the UK increasing its military is really in the minority. So the government knows they can cut defence spending without too much grumbling from the public.

    Imagine what would happen if the government said it was cutting the NHS by 20,000 workers! There'd be riots in the street.

    So the government can't just do what it wants. It's there to do what the public wants it to do. That's democracy for you.

    Feb 02nd, 2015 - 07:33 am 0
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