Babcock has signed an initial contract to refit the United Kingdom’s Vanguard Class nuclear submarine, HMS Victorious.
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The multi-year, initial full cost recovery agreement with the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) will see Babcock provide a refit of the Trident ballistic missile carrying, second Vanguard Class submarine of the Royal Navy.
Babcock, the SDA, and the Royal Navy are currently in discussions with the intention of finalising a long-term strategic partnership to ensure the stable, safe, effective, and efficient delivery of deep and base maintenance of submarines.
Dominic Kieran, Babcock nuclear capability chief executive officer, said the refit program will support around 1,000 jobs in the local community and will continue workforce recruitment for delivering future submarine maintenance at Devonport.
“This is the result of a truly collaborative effort with the SDA. The work we do to support the Vanguard Class fleet, a vital part of the UK’s defence, has never been more important,” he said.
“The commercial framework we have agreed will ensure the retention of our skilled workforce, support future recruitment and enable us to focus on supporting the SDA in its drive to increase submarine availability.”
SDA chief executive officer Chris Gardner said HMS Victorious plays a vital role in the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent.
“The completion of HMS Victorious’ deep maintenance period is vital to supporting Defence’s highest priority,” he said.
“We look forward to working with Babcock to deliver the project on time to enable ongoing submarine availability and to continue to transform Devonport Naval Base into a centre of excellence for submarine deep maintenance.”