A £1.2bn contract has been agreed to build a new submarine for the Royal Navy.
The deal, awarded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to BAE Systems, will safeguard 3,000 jobs at the company's Barrow shipyard in Cumbria.
The submarine, to be called HMS Audacious, will be the fourth of seven Astute Class boats being built for the Navy. It will join Astute, Ambush and Artful in the growing fleet.
The first two submarines, Astute and Ambush, are currently undergoing sea trials to test their systems ahead of full service. These trials assess their ability to dive to deep depths and fire missiles. Read more HERE
Only a few days ago Barrow was in the news for food banks and a woman having to walk twenty miles for Free Food so it was welcome news that Barrow shipyard has been awarded for the Royal Navy's new submarine HMS Audacious, although this wont make an difference to starving Barrovians this Christmas it will safeguard 3,000 jobs.