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MPs voted yes yesterday to the building of four “Successor” Submarines; which should guarantee thousands of highly skilled engineering jobs and create many more.
Yesterday’s vote was not on full approval for the new submarines, as the UK Government has opted to improve the investment in stages in an effort to control costs. However the government is already full committed to the successor project, having secured overwhelming parliamentary support for it after hours of debate in March 2007.To-date an estimated £3.9bn has been spent on preliminary design work and new facilities.
The successor programme is part of the much larger, Trident Missile Replacement Programme; until this is available the new “Successor” submarines will continue to carry Trident missiles. The Official Estimates for “Successor”; provided by the Ministry of Defence in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, is c£31bn over the next 20 years.
Under the “successor” programme four ultra-stealthy nuclear-powered submarines will be designed and commissioned to replace the UK’s existing fleet of, Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance: which are expected to be retired from 2028.
Acknowledgements: Financial Times - Tuesday 19th July 2016