BAE Systems Submarines has awarded a new deal to Wood Group to provide industrial services for the British Royal Navy's Astute-class nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs).

The contact will be effective immediately, and requires Wood Group to deliver insulation installation services to the Astute-class vessels, which are currently based in Barrow-in-Furness in England, UK.

The agreement has a base performance period of two years and includes up to three one-year extension options.

Wood Group has also been contracted by BAE to provide a wide range of industrial services such as painting, cleaning and insulation, to the British Royal Navy’s existing surface vessel fleet and the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers that are currently under construction in Rosyth, Scotland.

Wood Group Eastern Hemisphere Asset Life Cycle Solutions business chief executive officer Dave Stewart said: “Wood Group has supported the Royal Navy for 40 years in the provision of marine painting.

“This award builds on our reputation for providing industrial services and protective insulation technologies to the marine sector.

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“We look forward to continuing our strong collaborative relationship with BAE Systems, delivering engineered hull and pipe insulation to the Astute-class: the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful fleet of attack submarines.”

"We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with BAE Systems, delivering engineered hull and pipe insulation to the Astute-class: the Royal Navy’s most powerful fleet of attack submarines."

The seven Astute-class SSNs are designed and developed to be the stealthiest submarines, and are to be built by BAE systems.

Astute-class submarines feature the latest and most powerful sonar suite and secure communications facilities, and demonstrate a low noise signature and optimum detection avoidance characteristics.

The navy's fourth Astute-class submarine HMS Audacious was previously launched at the Barrow site in April.

The first three submarines in the class, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful, are now in service, while the final three vessels are at various stages of construction.

Image: The Astute-class submarines are built at BAE Systems facility at the Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow-in-Furness. Photo: courtesy of PoorTom at English Wikipedia.