Royal Navy nuclear submarines to get £2.5bn boost

<<...The defence secretary is expected to announce a £2.5bn investment in the UK's nuclear submarine programme.

Under the plans, an Astute hunter-killer submarine will be built costing £1.5bn, and £960m will go towards completing a fleet of four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines.

Gavin Williamson will say it is part of a commitment to secure the UK "from intensifying threats".

The Ministry of Defence says the deal will help to sustain thousands of jobs.

Mr Williamson will announce the plans during a visit to defence giant BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

He will say the Astute submarine - which will complete the Royal Navy's seven-strong fleet of hunter-killer attack subs - will be called Agincourt.

The deal with BAE will also help with the second phase of construction for the UK's Dreadnought submarines....>>

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