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Defence Secretary Announces £400 Million In Funding For Nuclear Submarines

Gavin Williamson also revealed the name of the second Dreadnought...

A CGI image showing what a Dreadnought-class submarine may look like once completed (Picture: MOD).

The Defence Secretary has confirmed £400 million in funding for the Dreadnought submarine programme whilst on a visit to Cumbria to open BAE Systems' new Academy for Skills and Knowledge. 

“Next year marks half-a-century since British nuclear-armed submarines began patrolling the waters in response to the danger posed by the Cold War - and the world is again facing a raft of intensifying threats," Gavin Williamson said. 

“This £400m investment will ensure the Dreadnought programme remains on track, so we continue to have a nuclear deterrent at sea for decades to come.

"Not only does today’s news see us safeguard 8,000 jobs right now, but I have also opened a brand new multi-million-pound facility to train Britain’s submarine engineers of the future.”

He also revealed that the second Dreadnought submarine would be named HMS Valiant. 

The new Academy is considered a vital part of the Dreadnought programme, with skills being developed to help the Royal Navy design, build and deliver complex submarine programmes.

Designed to progress engineering skills, the structure covers 89,340 square feet and contains classrooms, workshops and a virtual reality suite.

Also included in the training academy are scale model sized submarine units and nearly 9,000 employees will benefit from the training, including almost 800 apprentices.

Training includes ten workshops ranging from mechanical to electrical skills across the 30 classrooms. Meanwhile, the virtual reality suite will be used to let employees practice their abilities in a simulated environment as a test run.

Submarine Delivery Agency chief executive Ian Booth said: "The Academy for Skills and Knowledge is essential in developing the vast range of talent in Barrow and ensures that the workforce is equipped with the best possible tools needed to meet the ever-growing demands placed on the UK’s submarine construction industry.”