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Prime Minister Sunak accounced initiative to enhance UK nuclear deterrent.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by the UK government on March 24, 2024, the Prime Minister announced a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent and supporting the sustainability of its nuclear energy sector.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visiting Barrow-in-Furness shipyard. (Picture source: Simon Fell)

The initiative acknowledges the critical role of nuclear technology in the UK's defense and energy strategies, essential for national security and providing stable, cost-effective energy. With the nuclear industry poised for significant growth, there's an anticipated need for a 50% increase in skilled workers over the next decade.

To meet this demand, the government plans to partner with major industry players such as BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, EDF, and Babcock, allocating a total of £763 million by 2030. This investment is aimed at generating over 8,000 new career opportunities and addressing the sector's projected 40,000 job vacancies by enhancing training for nuclear apprentices, graduates, and PhD candidates in specialist fields.

Barrow-in-Furness, hosting the UK's advanced Astute-class nuclear submarines and the future Dreadnought programme, is positioned as a key player in the country's defense nuclear strategy. To support this, the government has created a Barrow Transformation Fund, initiating with £20 million and committing to a minimum of £20 million annually for the next decade. This fund is designed to improve living and working conditions in Barrow and attract nuclear professionals.

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps is set to release the Defence Nuclear Enterprise Command Paper, outlining the UK's strategy for maintaining and modernizing its nuclear deterrent. This includes an additional £3 billion funding announced last year for infrastructure enhancements and the introduction of new Dreadnought Class submarines into service by the early 2030s.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak highlighted the importance of this initiative for the country's safety, energy security, and economic growth, stressing the need for a robust nuclear deterrent and energy industry in today's increasingly complex global landscape. This strategic effort is part of the UK's broader commitment to ensuring its long-term security and prosperity.

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