News story: Plans to deliver the most modern Navy in the world


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Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne today (Friday 30 January) visited Portsmouth where he set out the government’s next steps in building the most modern navy in the world.

On a visit to the home of the Royal Navy, the Chancellor announced a new national shipbuilding strategy in advance of a decision later this year on orders for the brand new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Chancellor also announced that these multi-million pound ships will be based at the Navy bases in Portsmouth and Plymouth.

As part of the development of the national shipbuilding strategy, the Chancellor has asked to look at the potential to build a new complex warship every two years.

As well as maximising export opportunities, this will ensure the Royal Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect our nation’s interests, retaining its status as the most modern Navy in the world.

The strategy will help deliver world class ships for the Royal Navy while ensuring the best value-for-money for the taxpayer. It will also ensure that the Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect our nation’s interests and ensure continued investment in UK warship production. It will help maintain jobs, provide new apprenticeships, and develop advanced engineering skills.

The announcement builds further on the government’s commitment to Defence and the Royal Navy. Today, the Royal Navy is being modernised with new equipment, ships and submarines; it is building two of the second largest new aircraft carriers in the world, which will operate the most sophisticated fighter aircraft ever produced.

It will receive the world leading new Type 26 frigate. Two Astute Class submarines, the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world, have already deployed on operations and the UK is working to deliver a further five of the class over the next decade. Combined with the Type 45 Destroyer and four modern tankers to support the fleet at sea, as well as the forthcoming renewal of Trident, this means the Royal Navy of today is being equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.

While on the visit to one of the world’s oldest dry docks, the Chancellor also announced almost £100 million of infrastructure development in new dock facilities at Portsmouth Naval Base to further support the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The new work will encompass berthing and jetty improvements, new power supply and distribution, and significant dredging in the approach to the harbour to enable the base to accommodate the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

The move will provide significant employment opportunities in the Portsmouth area over the next Parliament.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

Ensuring a better and more secure future for Britain means equipping our Royal Navy for the challenges of the 21st century. It is only because we have a long term economic plan that we able to invest in our national security. Our ambition is to deliver the most modern Navy in the world which the government believes is a national necessity. It will maintain and create jobs and deliver a more secure future for Britain.

Responding on behalf of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord said

I am delighted by the Chancellor’s announcement today. The commitment to a new national shipbuilding strategy is not just a very significant investment in the UK’s shipbuilding future. It is also a powerful statement that our nation’s global interests will be protected by a credible, world class Navy – equipped with fast-jet aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers and frigates which will be the best and most modern in the world.

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Huzzah! :(

One warship every two years means that the newest of the 13 surviving Type 23s (HMS ST ALBANS ordered February 1996 and commissioned 6 June 2002) will be replaced 24 years after the first Type 26 enters service.

When is that, by the way?
An update that goes some way to answering my question above, provided nothing goes awry:

House of Commons: Written Statement (HCWS289) Ministry of Defence

Written Statement made by: Secretary of State for Defence (Michael Fallon) on 23 Feb 2015.

Type 26 Global Combat Ship
Today I am providing an update on our plans for taking forward the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme.
Good progress has been made during the Assessment Phase on all aspects of the programme, and this work is now sufficiently mature to conclude this phase and move forward into the Demonstration Phase with effect from 1 April 2015.
In the Demonstration Phase, under a contract worth £859 million, we will continue detailed design work and invest in shore-based testing facilities. We will also provide certainty to suppliers by purchasing key initial equipment for three Type 26 GCS vessels. Careful negotiations have secured the best possible deal for this equipment, ensuring that it represents a good investment for the taxpayer.
In parallel, we will continue work better to understand programme schedule, cost and risk. This approach draws on key lessons from the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme by ensuring that the ship design is sufficiently mature, the supply chain is fully mobilised early in the programme to de-risk material supply, and a full joint analysis of programme risk is completed before awarding a build contract.
On current planning, and subject to a Main Gate decision, this will allow the Manufacture Phase to commence in 2016 and maintain scheduled delivery of this new capability to the Royal Navy in 2022.​

First steel to be cut next year?
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Lantern Swinger
It will be another fiasco like T45 was

Navy. Can we have 13 of these please?

Government . Well we will have to look into it

Navy. But there only £350m each

Government. That might be ok.

Some time later the government awards the contract to BAE Systems for the first batch of six. costs spiral upwards out of control, whilst quality of ships plummets.
Navy approaches government

Navy. When will you order the last seven ships? The first two are afloat?

Government, seeing the cost is now £1Bn each. You can have 8. We will order the other 2 when the first gets commissioned

Navy. Aaaaahhhhh???? Ok then, I suppose

First T26 commissioned 2 years late.

Navy. Can we have the last 2 now?

Government. No chance! There way too expensive. We need the money for overseas aid and our pensions!

10 years later.

Navy. Can we have 6 new destroyers?

And reapeat!

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