Job-loss fears at shipyard building Royal Navy’s new generation of frigates

A Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training with HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of her Rotary Wing Trials

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THE Ministry of Defence has stressed it is ‘committed to building’ the navy’s next generation of frigate.

The statement comes amid fears over the Type 26’s future.

Yesterday, union group GMB said up to 800 jobs at BAE Systems’ Scottish shipyards could be in the firing line if the government was to pull back on its commitment to build eight of the new frigates on the Clyde.

However, responding, a spokeswoman for the MoD said: ‘Over the next decade, we will spend around £8bn on Royal Navy warships.

‘As set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, we will build two new Offshore Patrol Vessels on the Clyde, maintaining Scottish shipbuilding capability ahead of the start of the Type 26 build.’

The Type 26 will replace the aging Type 23s – six of which are based in Portsmouth.