Defence secretary to announce £2.5bn nuclear submarine projects today in Cumbria. The multi-billion-pound investment will help sustain 8,000 jobs in the county. Gavin Williamson is due to announce that his department has signed a £1.5bn contract to build a seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine for the Royal Navy, adding the attack boat will be called Agincourt. Visiting BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow, Mr Williamson will announce £960m worth of contracts have been signed to boost the second phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines. The multi-billion-pound announcements will help sustain approximately 8,000 jobs in BAE Systems’ submarine business, plus thousands more across the UK submarine supply chain, the Ministry of Defence said.
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