The keel laying of the sixth submarine, Agamemnon, and the handover of HMS Astute and HMS Ambush to the Royal Navy are huge milestones reflecting significant progress in the programme

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne today signed a new contract will deliver £380M of savings over the next eight years.

This will ensure that the Royal Navy’s submarine capability is delivered efficiently and provides good value for money for the taxpayer.

Minister Dunne, said:

“The keel laying of the sixth submarine, Agamemnon, and the handover of HMS Astute and HMS Ambush to the Royal Navy are huge milestones reflecting significant progress in the programme.

“By ensuring the UK’s submarine programme remains affordable, this new contract will help deliver the Astute Class and pave the way for the future Successor nuclear deterrent submarines and secure around 5,000 jobs at BAE Systems and thousands more who work in over 400 suppliers across the UK submarine supply chain.”

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, the MoD’s Director of Submarines, said:

“This is the sixth submarine in the Astute Class and we expect her to be built more quickly and efficiently than her predecessors, demonstrating the effectiveness of the national submarine building capability in Barrow-in-Furness.
 
“New techniques by skilled staff in the back office and on the shop floor will deliver this key capability for the Royal Navy."