The UK’s Ministry of Defence and Babcock International Ltd. have agreed on a 10-year, performance-based, GBP 155 million (currently $230 million) contract for submarine engineering support services across the entire fleet. Work during the 10-year contract period will include deciding what engineering work the submarines require when they undergo their scheduled maintenance. The contract will accompany a GBP 1 billion, 10-year, July 2007 contract with Rolls Royce to maintain the British subs’ nuclear reactors.
With the sale of its Upholder Class diesel-electric submarines to Canada in the late 1990s, Britain became an all-nuclear submarine fleet. A May 2007 purchase made Babcock International the sole owner of Britain’s only dockyard for nuclear submarines, and the maintenance of a qualified workforce on steady terms is an important aspect of Britain’s languishing Defence Industrial Strategy.