Babcock, BMT Sign Cooperation Agreement to Develop Future Surface Ships
TEDDINGTON, U.K. — Babcock and BMT have signed a cooperation agreement that outlines the principles of a strategic relationship that will see the companies collaborate to support the design, build, construction and support of future classes of surface ships for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other international projects, BMT said in a Nov 7 release.
The initial focus will be cooperation on the recently announced Type31e program and the ability to offer a world-leading U.K. design alliance solution to the MoD.
The new arrangement draws on the combined strengths of Babcock and BMT and will deliver innovative, capable, affordable and flexible customer solutions, within a fast changing and increasingly demanding environment. Both organizations will jointly explore their available designs to determine the best possible option that meets the cost, capability, and delivery requirements of the Royal Navy.
“Babcock and BMT will work closely together to create a strong design alliance at what is an exciting time within U.K. and international ship design and build,” said Craig Lockhart, managing director, Naval Marine at Babcock.
“This is the beginning of a deeper strategic relationship with Babcock founded on many years of working together successfully both with the Royal Navy and navies around the globe,” said Jeremy Berwick, managing director for Defence at BMT. “The T31e program is the catalyst where excellence of design, innovation and certainty of delivery combine to offer a highly credible contender for the Royal Navy's next warship. The agreement will provide a strong basis for understanding and serving the different needs of many other navies.”