PREPARATION work has began on Royal Navy submarine HMS Victorious forward of her deliberate main refit to prepared her for future tasking.
The upkeep programme on the Vanguard-class submarine, happening in a Devonport facility run by defence firm Babcock, will maintain greater than 1,000 jobs within the south west area.
The work will see the submarine modernised and improved to proceed operational patrols into the 2030s.
The multi-million pound, long-term programme will contain 1,000 Babcock staff from these working straight on the submarine to others working in manufacturing, design, commissioning and the broader provide chain.
HMS Victorious’ arrival is in tandem with important funding within the naval base’s services, creating extra jobs for individuals within the area.
In addition to supporting the upkeep of present and future courses of submarines, it is going to additionally improve Devonport Dockyard’s skill to ship main defence tasks.
Brigadier Mike Tanner, commander of HMNB Devonport, mentioned: “I’m delighted to announce that the work has begun to organize HMS Victorious as she commences her main refit.
“This exercise will maintain jobs and key expertise for the Metropolis of Plymouth and wider south-west area for the foreseeable future.”
Paul Watson, managing director of Babcock’s Devonport facility, added: “As a part of the UK’s crucial steady at sea deterrent, HMS Victorious represents one of the vital difficult items of engineering there’s.
“Work on the vessel has began and the aptitude, information and expertise our individuals have gained via the supply of comparable tasks supporting the Royal Navy fleet, together with new and revolutionary and collaborative approaches with our buyer, means we’re effectively ready to ship this vital overhaul undertaking.”
HMS Victorious and the remainder of the Vanguard fleet are key elements within the UK navy’s longest operation – Operation Relentless.
Since 1969, not less than one nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine is sustaining the continual at sea deterrent posture always, deterring essentially the most excessive threats to the UK.
The Vanguard fleet can be changed by the Dreadnought-class submarines from the early 2030s.