Geoffrey has welcomed the contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to Appledore Shipyard for the £55 million refit of the minesweeper HMS Quorn.
The local MP has maintained a consistent dialogue with ministers and No 10 Downing Street about the Yard over the past three years, accompanying Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his visit there, and urging his former cabinet colleagues to recognise the excellent merits of the Yard and the strategic need to ensure that it prospers.
Sir Geoffrey Cox said:
“I am delighted that the hard work of the company and the vision of its CEO John Wood have paid off by securing this first major refit contract of a warship from the MOD. The ship is intended ultimately for the Lithuanian Navy, to increase its defence capacity in the light of the renewed threat from Russia and its invasion of Ukraine.
“I believe this will be the first of several such awards, and that our close and constant dialogue with senior ministers, putting Appledore Shipyard high on their radar, is beginning to pay off.”
The BBC has an article on the contract, here.