Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £235m contract to maintain nuclear submarine engine systems, defence secretary Gavin Williamson announced today.
The deal, which will sustain around 500 jobs in the UK, will provide support, advice and material to the propulsion systems on board Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022.
Williamson also announced that HMS Warspite will be the name of the third Dreadnought submarine, named after the last "great ship" built under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
"This year we mark half-a-century since British nuclear-armed submarines began their continuous patrol of waters around the world," Williamson said.
“This significant milestone for the Royal Navy would not be possible without the skills and ingenuity of our industry partners who supply and maintain equipment.
“Rolls-Royce plays a critical role in supporting our submarines and I’m pleased this contract will sustain 500 highly-skilled jobs that help protect our country.”
Last year the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced £400m of funding for the £31bn Dreadnaught programme, which will see a new class of submarines enter service in the 2030s.