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£3.7 Billion Frigate Deal 'Fantastic'

Sunday, July 2, 2017


GMB hails tremendous economic benefits for Scotland and the wider UK.

GMB, the union for shipbuilders, has welcomed the Ministry Of Defence’s announcement that a contract to build the Type 26 frigates has been signed.

The £3.7 billion deal will secure around 1,700 shipbuilding jobs in Scotland and 1,700 further jobs throughout across Britain until 2035. [1]

Ross Murdoch GMB National Officer and interim CSEU Chair, said:

“It is fantastic news that the defence secretary has finally confirmed and signed the contract for the first batch of Type 26 Frigates.

“Whilst we understand that it was always going to be announced in batches we look forward to future confirmation on the other five ships.

“It is a particularly significant announcement in terms of the timing given the Queen Elizabeth Carrier going out from Rosyth last week to commence sea trials, as it once again reinforces the world class reputation of our UK shipyard workers.

“This is tremendous news for GMB members in Scotland in particular, but also in the wider context of the supply chain across the UK.”


Contact: Ross Murdoch on 07796 263626 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to Editors

[1] For an copy for the embargoed press release, contact the MOD press office on 0207 218 7907


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