The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) will announce a £1 billion framework to support Royal Navy’s fleet of warships which includes combat management systems, fleet-wide communications and aircraft landing aids, through to spares, repairs and maintenance.
The model will maintain both brand new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers as well as existing warships and will also incorporate future ships such as Type 26 and Type 31e, the MoD said in a statement Tuesday.
The new arrangement will bring together separate support agreements for individual ship types under a single, more efficient and more manageable model. Worth around £1 billion, it is set to improve the performance of service providers by having them adopt a common approach across all classes of complex warships.
The move aims to boost the performance and speed of all support, no matter what the ship, as well as making savings in equipment costs with the model providing a one-stop-shop for services required.
The model will establish a support system across the surface fleet, from the largest ships of the Royal Navy, the nation’s new aircraft carriers, to the new Type 26 frigates being built on the Clyde and through to the likes of Minehunters and Royal Marine Amphibious Ships.
The suite of contracts will support over a thousand jobs in the UK, including at BAE Systems and Babcock in Portsmouth, Bristol, Devonport and on the Clyde, as well as Thales in Crawley and AGI Ltd in Poole.
The model will draw on the strong partnerships across UK Defence and world-leading skills to supply Royal Navy Engineering Technicians with the services and tools they need to keep the entire surface fleet effective at home and abroad, often far from home and in very challenging environments, and enhance the Royal Navy’s mission to protect the UK’s interests around the world.
10 of the 16 agreements, worth £794 million, included in the model have already been signed, with the others set to follow in the coming months.
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BAE Systems is working in collaboration with the National Museum of the Royal Navy on a project to preserve HMS Victory, the worlds oldest commissioned warship, for future generations. The work will see firms specialist engineers install a new structural support system for the ship, which is part of the most extensive restoration project of the 252-year-old warship following her repair after the Battle of Trafalgar
The UK Defense Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon officially began the manufacture of the Royal Navys first Type-26 class next generation frigate, HMS Glasgow. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said, “HMS Glasgow and the other seven frigates in this new class will protect our powerful new aircraft carriers and nuclear deterrent, helping keep Britain safe across the world
A Royal Navy warship ‘HMS Mersey has escorted several Russian ships through the English Channel over the weekend. The incident - described as "routine business" for the navy - is the fourth such incident in the past two months
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HMS Medway which was christened last Friday in Glasgow as a Royal Navy Ship will shortly embark on sea trials where she will be put through her paces in the open waters off the coast of Scotland. With a crew of 58 HMS Medway is expected to enter service with the Royal Navy in 2019
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