A €5 billion deal has been announced to build 12 new Irish Navy vessels for the Royal Navy.
The new vessels will be built in the port of Dún Laoghaire and the company that builds them is RHI.
The six new ships will be the biggest ever built by the RN and will be able to operate in the North Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.
The two existing RN ships will continue to operate as the first ships in the new fleet.
The contracts are worth up to €7.8bn.
The first vessels will arrive in 2020, followed by six more vessels in 2021 and a further five in 2022.
The RN will have two of these vessels built in Dúlmalle.
The other will be commissioned from the same shipyard in Ireland in 2021.
The Irish Government said the new ships were a significant step towards achieving the RN’s ambition to build new vessels to meet future requirements.
The Department of Defence has already committed to building six new RN vessels.
“It’s a great day for our Navy, for our people, and for our economy,” said Defence Minister Simon Coveney.
We are proud to partner with RHI to build these ships. “
RHI is one of the leading shipyards in the world and has a strong track record for delivering world class ships.
The RN is building a new class of submarines to replace the ageing fleet of four Nimitz-class cruisers, which are ageing. “
As part of this new partnership, we will have more ships built in Ireland than ever before, bringing the RN into the 21st century.”
The RN is building a new class of submarines to replace the ageing fleet of four Nimitz-class cruisers, which are ageing.
The submarines will be equipped with nuclear-powered diesel engines and will also carry nuclear weapons.
They will be powered by two diesel-electric engines, which will provide a range of more than 400 nautical miles, which is comparable to the range of an aircraft carrier.
The contract for the new submarines is worth up at least €8.2bn.
Ireland is also to have two frigates.
The largest of these is the Kilo class.
The Kilo has a displacement of about 4,600 tonnes and will have a maximum speed of 17 knots.
The second of these frigates is the Pirelli Trente class.
It is a design of the K-Class, which has a capacity of 4,000 tonnes and can carry up to 2,000 troops.
The Pirellis will be armed with a new Type 23 torpedo.
The ships are due to be commissioned in 2019 and 2020 respectively.