UK jobs hope as bidding war to build Royal Navy support ships is called off

UK jobs hope as bidding war to build Royal Navy support ships is called off

November 10, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison


 A bidding war to build three Royal Navy support ships has been called off, to the delight of UK campaigners  The Ministry of Defence had shortlisted five firms for the £1.5billion contract, four of which were foreign, raising fears the vessels would be built abroad  Unions, MPs and the Mirror had pushed for the deal to go to a British shipyard, safeguarding jobs and boosting the economy  Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions boss Ian Waddell was relieved at the news  He said: “Halting the competition gives us the chance to treat this as a UK programme Building the ships would protect tens of thousands of skilled jobs.”  GMB general secretary Tim Roache added: “We will continue to keep up the pressure until these ships are being built in our yards ”  Royal Navy warships must be UK-built for security reasons. But the Government claims the Fleet Solid Support vessels, which will supply destroyers, frigates and aircraft carriers, are not warships  The MoD said: “The competition has been stopped, as it is clear the current approach will not deliver the requirement ”  Firms from Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea and a UK consortium were in the running for the deal