British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits the BAE Systems group in Barrow-in-Furness on March 25, 2024.
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The British government is not only investing in new nuclear submarines. It is also upgrading the site where they are being built – at a cost of many millions of pounds.

DThe British nuclear deterrent is to be maintained in the future through new grants and programs. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak traveled on Monday to Barrow-in-Furness, the shipyard site in the north of England on the Irish Sea where Britain's nuclear submarines are built. The location and its capabilities should be strengthened.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense presented detailed plans to replace the current Vanguard strategic nuclear submarines with a new Dreadnought-class flotilla to accommodate Britain's sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Missile test failed

The double announcement clearly reflects an effort to bolster the credibility of Britain's nuclear force after the Ministry of Defense admitted a month ago that the latest test of a Trident missile in the Gulf of Mexico had failed, making it the second failure of such a maneuver in series.