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Norway’s aim to purchase new frigates may impact Royal Navy’s own fleet production

15th April 2024 - 13:15 GMT | by Lena Voelk


HMS Glasgow in 2022 on its way to Scotstoun shipyard. (Photo: UK MoD)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has only so far confirmed that discussions have been taking place with BAE Systems, but a decision has yet to be made, according to The Telegraph.

Norway’s pledge to purchase five new frigates with anti-submarine helicopters could jeopardise the UK’s order for new vessels with BAE Systems, according to UK broadsheet The Telegraph.

According to the report, selling the warships to Norway would only be possible if the Royal Navy settled for a later delivery of one of its own vessels.

In a “historic boost” for the defence budget of the Norwegian armed forces, the government specifically reinforced its commitment to strengthening its navy, purchasing at least five new frigates with anti-submarine helicopters, five new submarines, up to 10 standardised vessels and 18 smaller vessels.

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Lena Voelk


Lena Voelk

Lena Voelk is a reporter for Shephard focusing on Naval Warfare. 

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