Fresh bid to build new fleet support ships to supply Royal Navy
Disgraced priest from Gosport jailed for nine years for raping boy, 15, in traumatising sex attackThe effort, launched by the Ministry of Defence this week, marks the second attempt to acquire the new breed of Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, following a previously failed bid in 2019.
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to agree a deal on the new 40,000 tonne ships drew criticism from political leaders, who said the vessels could be constructed by foreign shipyards.
Union leaders have since called on the government to ensure any work on the new breed of support ships expected to be delivered by 2032 takes place in British yards.
Gary Smith, general secretary of GMB Scotland, said the project could drive the ‘economic recovery’ of British shipyards and urged all work to take place in the UK.
‘The award of the solid support vessel contracts to a consortium of UK manufacturers is the key to transforming our shipbuilding industry, and the working class communities that depend on it,’ Mr Smith said.
‘But it’s not enough for the minister to say that a significant proportion of the build and assembly work should be carried out in the UK. That leaves the door open for the export of jobs to the rest of the world and would be incompatible with a levelling up agenda.
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‘The government must learn the lessons from the previous award of Royal Navy tankers to South Korea, and in offshore wind manufacturing, where we have outsourced billion pound contracts and tens of thousands of jobs to Asia and Europe.’.