BAE Systems’ submarine shipyard undergoing major redevelopment
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Eight year redevelopment programme at BAE Systems’ submarine shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is now underway.
An eight year redevelopment programme at BAE Systems’ submarine shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is now underway. The major upgrade of the site will enable BAE Systems’ nuclear submarine facility to build a new generation of nuclear missile boats for the Royal Navy.
BAE Systems will be building four Successor submarines, which will replace the four Trident missile-equipped, Vanguard class submarines, which have provided Britain's nuclear deterrent capability since 1995. Steel for the first Successor boat will be cut at the BAE Systems’ yard in Barrow-in-Furness in 2016, with an in-service date of 2028.
To equip the yard for construction of the largest submarines it has ever built, between £300 and £400 million is being spent on expanding and upgrading. The work will include a mixture of new build projects, along with the refurbishment of existing facilities, in what is the most significant redevelopment of the site since the 1980s.
Allan Day, the director of the redevelopment programme at BAE Systems Maritime Submarines, said "the infrastructure this redevelopment will provide, together with our highly skilled workforce, will be critical in delivering these submarines to the Royal Navy."
BAE Systems is already building Astute class submarines at its Barrow-in-Furness site, as well as designing the new Trident missile boats and pushing ahead with the infrastructure work. With so much happening, BAE Systems wants more people to join the company and get involved in its numerous projects.
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