Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-Britain looks to restore ship-building industry with new frigates

Reuters | London | Updated: 12-09-2019 04:10 IST | Created: 12-09-2019 04:08 IST
UPDATE 1-Britain looks to restore ship-building industry with new frigates
Image Credit: Pixabay

Britain will announce the preferred bidder for the design of the new Type 31 frigate on Thursday, the government said, as it looks to rebuild its once-mighty shipbuilding industry.

The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that a consortium led by Babcock International had won the contract. BAE Systems and Atlas Elektronik UK also submitted designs. Babcock was not immediately available to comment on the FT report.

The frigates will be built in Britain and the government will buy at least five, with the first set to be in the water by 2023. "(The) UK is an outward-looking island nation, and we need a shipbuilding industry and Royal Navy that reflect the importance of the seas to our security and prosperity," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

"I am convinced that by working together we will see a renaissance in this industry which is so much part of our island story – so let's bring shipbuilding home." The programme will support over 2,500 jobs across the UK, including its supply chain, with all the different parts of the frigates being assembled and built at British shipyards.

The government has committed to keeping up a fleet of at least 19 frigates and destroyers with the aiming of growing the fleet in the 2030s. The Type 31 programme will replace Type 23 frigates. Britain is building patrol vessels and new Type 26 frigates at BAE Systems' Govan shipyard on the Clyde river in Glasgow.

But the country's shipbuilding industry has suffered a catastrophic decline in the last 40 years, with shipyards in places from Sunderland to Portsmouth closing. Belfast's Harland and Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was built, went into administration last month.

Also Read: Trump says hard to target Britain's Johnson with no-confidence vote


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

Cody gets first win as Rangers take out Angels

Kyle Cody recorded his first major league victory for the Texas Rangers after allowing one run over five innings in a 7-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif. Cody 1-1 allowed three hits, struck out five...

Molina's blast lifts Cardinals over Pirates

Yadier Molinas two-run homer in the seventh inning on Sunday gave the visiting St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. St. Louis 26-24 won the final four games of the five-game series and maintained a one-game lead over M...

Brady beats Panthers for first win with Bucs

Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass and Leonard Fournette scored two touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the visiting Carolina Panthers 31-17 on Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. It was the home opener and the first victory for Brady...

Blue Jays break out of skid by downing Phillies

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer, Jonathan Davis had a two-run double and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday afternoon. The Phillies lost right fielder...

Give Feedback