High speed workboats manufacturer Marine Specialised Technology (MST) has received $50.76m (£36m) contract from the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) to deliver 18 new police patrol crafts.

The new police patrol crafts will be used around Royal Naval bases in the UK and British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Under the five-year contract, MST will deliver 16 patrol craft to the MOD Police and two craft to the GDP. These new vessels will replace those that are currently in use.

The contract will see sustainment of 50 jobs and create an additional 15 across the north west of England.

UK State Defence Minister Baroness Annabel Goldie said: “This £36m investment allows our MOD Police and Gibraltar Defence Police Forces to enhance the vital security service they provide to our military bases at home and overseas.

“Designed and constructed by maritime experts in the UK, this contract reaffirms our commitment to invest in homegrown industry knowledge and support the protection and creation of skilled jobs.”

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With a capability to safeguard UK and Gibraltar waters, these ships ‘escort major Royal Navy assets in and out of Naval bases at home and overseas’.

The 15m crafts can carry three crew members and up to four passengers, travelling up to 30k.

They will be equipped with a CCTV surveillance system and two Marine Jet Power waterjets. The crafts will be ‘reinforced with bullet-proof protection against incoming fire’.

DE&S Boat Acquisition project manager Joshua Brooks said: “These craft will ensure the continuity of an important capability for the MOD Police to deter and defend against threats to UK bases and overseas territories.

“These craft will provide the MOD police with a modern, fast and effective capability for fulfilling their important role.”

The first police patrol craft is slated for delivery in July next year.