Nuclear Submarines: Procurement

Defence written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to order an eighth SSN.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Three Astute Class submarines are on order with BAES and a further order was placed on 21 May 2007, Hansard, column 55-56WS to commence the build of the fourth boat.

Further boat orders are being considered, subject to affordability. We are working with industry as part of the Defence Industrial Strategy to achieve an affordable and sustainable submarine programme.

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