New support ships for the Royal Navy

Yesterday the Prime Minister visited Northern Ireland to mark the next generation of our world class Royal Naval Support Ships, strengthening our security at sea and across the globe. 

  • With its proud tradition of skill and expertise, Northern Ireland – and its people – is rightly at the centre of our shipbuilding ambitions. 
  • That is why the Prime Minister visited Belfast yesterday to mark the return of naval shipbuilding – with a £1.6 billion contract to develop and build the next generation of Royal Navy Solid Support Ships, creating up to 2,000 jobs in the region. 
  • Belfast once hosted the biggest shipyard in the world; the thousands of high value jobs and the skills that are gained from delivering these new ships will now help to lay the foundation of prosperity for tomorrow. 


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