Rolls-Royce has opened a manufacturing, repair and test facility at its campus in Walpole, Massachusetts, to support US Navy programmes.

Built with an investment of $11m, the 25,000ft² facility add waterjet maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) servicing to the company’s capabilities, strengthening naval support operations at the site.

The move is expected to create new jobs at the site, as well as support the local economy.

Rolls-Royce head of Naval Operations – Defense Dan Rediger said: “We’re excited to add this new capability so we can better serve our US Navy customers. Our Walpole team has proudly equipped the navy for more than 50 years and this investment ensures that we can continue to meet their growing needs for decades to come.”

The facility was opened at a time when there is an increased demand for spare equipment and MRO services to support the scheduled maintenance works under the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme.

All Freedom-class ships are equipped with four Rolls-Royce waterjets developed by the Walpole campus. The new facility to enable Rolls-Royce to conduct necessary MRO works at the same site.

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Rolls-Royce Defense president and Rolls-Royce North America chairman and CEO Tom Bell said: “We are proud to provide the power to protect in support of our United States Department of Defense customers.

“This investment is a clear signal that we remain committed to meeting their needs both today and well into the future with world-class, American-made products and services.”

Last month, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems won contracts to begin design work on the successor to the UK Royal Navy’s Astute-class attack submarines.