The world leading engineering skills that are currently delivering the Astute class are vital to ensure we can deliver the submarines of the future.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

After steel was recently cut on the seventh boat, there are now five Astute class submarines in build at Barrow.

The first two boats in class, Astute and Ambush are already in service with the Royal Navy and the Defence Secretary has also today announced a £23 million contract with BAE Systems to provide in-service support, maintenance and technical assistance to the Astute class boats over the next five years.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“Barrow has a proven track record of designing and building submarines with a battle winning edge for the Royal Navy.

"The world leading engineering skills that are currently delivering the Astute class are vital to ensure we can deliver the submarines of the future.

“The next generation nuclear-deterrent submarines that will be built in Barrow will be the largest and most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.

"The £300m of infrastructure work that will take place over the coming years will not only protect 6,000 highly skilled jobs at the site, but also provide thousands of additional construction jobs.”

During his visit to Barrow, the Defence Secretary met with BAE Systems staff, including many apprentices, who are working on the Astute class submarines.