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Atlas Elektronic UK wins £48M MOD contract

workboats Atlas Elektronik UK

7:30am 10th August 2017

A new generation of workboats which will support the Royal Navy are to be built in Dorset.

The Defence Minister has announced a £48M contract for a fleet of 38 workboats which will help ships based in the UK and on operations around the world.

The boats will be built at Atlas Elektronik UK in Winfrith, sustaining 15 local jobs.

With Britain's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier set to enter her new home in Portsmouth in under two weeks time, tasks to be carried out by the boats will include transferring personnel to and from both of the UK's carriers.

Able to carry up to 36 passengers at one time, the workboats can be stowed inside the Carriers and winched to and from the water using on-board lifting equipment, allowing them to support the enormous ships either in port or on operations.

The boats will be used for a range of roles, including:

o Diving training
o Explosive Ordnance Disposal
o Officer training
o Passenger transport
o Arctic exploration
o Hydrographic survey
o Logistic Re-Supply

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: "From the south coast to the banks of the Clyde, British shipbuilding is ensuring that our growing Navy has the reach it needs to protect our interests around the globe. These cutting-edge workboats will support the likes of our iconic new aircraft carriers and the Type 26 frigates, as well as sustaining 60 British jobs. This is another step in our £178 billion plan to provide our Armed Forces with the very best equipment to keep our country safe."

Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD's procurement organisation, Tony Douglas said: "These boats use modern materials and have been designed from the keel up to provide the Royal Navy with unparalleled flexibility and adaptability.

"DE&S is proud to maintain excellent working relationships with partners across UK industry, ensuring our Armed Forces continue to be provided with the equipment they need while also maintaining vital British skills and jobs."

James Young, Head of Surface Ships Division at AEUK said: "This project builds on our success in supplying 2 platforms for UK mine countermeasures and survey operations and a further 8 to the export market. We are very proud to be bringing our innovation to the supply and support of these highly capable workboats for the Royal Navy".

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