VT Group has been contracted to build and manage three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), including associated training and long-term maintenance support, for the
The programme, which was part of a proposal from the
Design work will start immediately on the 90m long ships, which will be used for a range of Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement tasks. The first ship will be handed over in 2009.
The contract will sustain around 200 skilled jobs and create a further 100 new positions at VT’s Portsmouth Naval Base shipbuilding facility.
VT Chief Executive Paul Lester commented: ‘The programme will give additional long-term visibility to the order book of our shipbuilding business. We anticipate that production will start at