Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has been in Australia discussing defence equipment and the Type 26 Frigate in particular.
With the Type 26 Frigate shortlisted for Australia’s Future Frigate programme, the MoD and BAE have been stepping up the campaign to bring Australia in to the programme.
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said:
“From the first world war to defeating Daesh in the Middle East right now, the UK and Australia continue to fight side-by-side for the values we both share.
In the face of mutual intensifying threats, the strong relationship between our countries allows vital discussions over how best to protect ourselves. As the Australian Navy looks for a new frigate, the Type 26 is a very strong candidate and I hope to see it form the backbone of our Five Eyes partners’ navies for decades to come.”
The visit to Australia comes shortly after Minister Pyne came to London and met Minister Harriett Baldwin earlier this month.
During his visit, BAE Systems announced that they had awarded a further 15 manufacturing contracts to suppliers of the Type 26 programme. Not only did that increase the number of UK maritime jobs supported by the programme to over 4,500, but it also included contracts with two Australian companies, showing the deepening co-operation between the British and Australian defence industries say the Government.