Skip to comments.Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East
Posted on 02/23/2012 7:02:21 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East
By Ian Drury
Defence Minister Peter Luff announced yesterday that a £452million contract for the support tankers had been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Critics said the decision was a blow to Britains declining shipbuilding industry and to the proud naval tradition of what was once the worlds greatest seafaring nation.
They also accused the Government of shameless hypocrisy after David Cameron criticised India earlier this month for snubbing British industry when it awarded a £13billion deal to supply 126 fighter jets to France.
At the time, sources said India had chosen cheap and cheerful warplanes over quality British-built Eurofighter Typhoons.
The tankers that are being bought off-the-shelf from South Korea will maintain the Navys ability to refuel warships at sea and will provide support for amphibious and land forces close to shore.
Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy said: This is more bad news for British industry. First we lose out to France over fast jets and now we lose out to South Korea over Royal Navy tankers. The country wants the Government to do more to support British industry. Id like to see more of our defence industry with a Made in Britain stamp on it.
Shipbuilding unions said the decision to buy vessels from the Far East beggared belief and put at risk UK jobs and skills.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105100/Navy-buys-Korean-ships-fuelled--452m-contract-tankers-goes-Far-East.html#ixzz1nDXEzXxS
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Made in Korea: How the new tanker will look. Several British companies expressed an interest in building the tankers but none submitted a final bid
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105100/Navy-buys-Korean-ships-fuelled--452m-contract-tankers-goes-Far-East.html#ixzz1nDXp0keO
Well, ya can’t get a job if ya don’t bid a job.....
The South Koreans can build commercial ships SO much more cheaply than the British (or us, for that matter) it’s beyond belief.