New generation of Royal Nay warships will be based in Devonport

Eight next generation Royal Navy warships will be based at Devonport Naval Base, the Defence Secretary announced today.

The type 26 frigates will all be based in Plymouth - ending speculation they could be split between there and Portsmouth.

Gavin Williamson revealed the news on board HMS Montrose, insisting the £3.7billion programme would secure the future of Devonport.

He said in a speech: 'The largest naval base in western Europe, Devonport is the lifeblood of Plymouth and is as synonymous with this city as it is with our famous Royal Navy.

'Ships have set sail from Devonport's dock to defend our great nation for hundreds of years, and I can reveal that the truly world-class type 26 frigates will follow in their wake.

The type 26 frigates (artist's impression pictured) will all be based in Plymouth - ending speculation they could be split between there and Portsmouth

'We are living in increasingly dangerous times, with the threats intensifying both on and beneath the water. Plymouth should be in no doubt that it will be right at the heart of Britain's fight for a safer world by homing these formidable warships.'

The 6,900-tonne frigate is designed for anti-submarine warfare and will enter service by the mid-2020s.

They have been ordered from the BAE Systems shipyards on the Clyde, with four already named as HMS Glasgow, HMS Cardiff, HMS Belfast and HMS Birmingham.

After the speech Williamson said the plans would give confidence to the public about the Government's plans for Devonpo....

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