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Welcome to Naval Shipbuilding in northwest England

Welcome to the Keep our Future Afloat Campaign. 

The "Keep our Future Afloat" Campaign,(KOFAC) was founded in 2004.It evolved from an earlier Shipbuilding Communities Campaign.KOFAC is non-political. Its Chairman is Terry Waiting.Kofac represents UNITE and GMB trade unions, local communities and submarine supply chain businesses.  Barrow in Furness Borough Council and Cumbria County Council also supports the Campaign which is headquartered in Barrow in Furness.Its Secretariat provides marketing, lobby and administrative support.

The campaign's two main aims are to:

secure a steady drumbeat of naval submarine and shipbuilding orders for shipyards in NW England so as to enable the Royal Navy to have the resources it needs to defend the UK and the sea lanes on which our trade depends ;

sustain the high value skills in the UK's naval shipbuilding and submarine building yards, companies within their supply chains and at through life support bases. 

KOFAC has championed the business case for the delivery of a 7 boat Astute Submarine programme. More recently the 4 boat Successor submarine Dreadnought class programme has been the priority.

On 18 July 2016 the UK Parliament approved by 477 votes to 117 support for build of 4 Successor submarines.This resounding endorement of the need for continuously at sea deterrent patrolling submarines carrying the UK strategic deterrent was welcomed by KOFAC.On 5 October the first cut of steel for HMS Dreadnought occured at Barrow.

The decision to proceed with the 4 boat fleet is forecast to deliver over £4bn of gva wealth creation for Barrow alone.Across the nation that total rises to £12bn.

It will also support a supply chain of around 1,000 companies located in 444 British towns and cities.

Some 93% of the submarines will be sourced in UK.

Over 30,000 people are engaged in the UK "submarine enterprise" providing design, build, test commisioning and through life support.

KOFAC meets monthly at Barrow in Furness.It produces information bulletins, informed conhesive papers on naval submarine and shipbuilding issues.It also has very good contacts across all political parties and within the naval shipbuildinga and submarine industries.

If your company wishes to become more involved in the supply chain or to establish facilities in the north west of England call Furness Economic Development Forum's Stuart Klosinski  on the telephone number shown below or email stuart@fedf.co.uk.

If you want to support KOFAC or discover more about KOFAC's influential work you can follow us on twitter at @NWShipBuilding or call it directly by telephoning 07836254721 or 01229314039 and ask to speak to the Secretariat.

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Defence Policy
KOFAC firmly believes in sustaining jobs and skills in the UK naval shipbuilding industrial base.
UK Warships Programme
The Naval Strategic Plan 2007 sets out the Royal Navy's fleet requirements by 2015.
Northwest Shipbuilding
Warship building and development of naval under-sea warfare systems are part of the northwest of England's defence sector.

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Emlyn Hughes House,
Abbey Road,
Barrow in Furness,
Cumbria LA145PQ

Tel: +44 (0)1229 314100

Email: stuart@fedf.co.uk

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"Barrow remains an untapped source of production capability and could... play a significant role in the coming shipbuilding programme."

Source: Rand, page 153 The UK's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base (2005), Report to UK MoD

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