Use UK steel for frigates says union

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The union Unite has welcomed the announcement that a consortium led by Babcock is to build a new generation of Royal Navy frigate. The ships will be assembled at Rosyth in Fife.

But, Steve Turner, the union's assistant general secretary for manufacturing, says that it is "just one piece in the jigsaw needed to secure the future of UK shipbuilding and the thousands of jobs that it sustains in communities across the country.

"It was always going to be the case that these Royal Navy warships would be built here in UK yards.

"The government must ensure these ships are built using UK steel and that UK firms in the manufacturing supply chain reap the economic benefits".

Babock in frigate deal - FT

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A consortium led by defence group Babcock International has won the competition to build new frigates for the Royal Navy, securing hundreds of jobs at British shipyards, including in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

That's according to the Financial Times which says on its front page that deal throws a potential lifeline to Belfast’s Harland & Wolff, which fell into administration last month, and could boost Ferguson Marine Engineering, which is poised to be taken over by the Scottish government after collapsing in August