UK seeks to build Australian frigates

Britain has launched an aggressive public pitch to build Australia’s new $35 billion fleet of warships, pledging the British design is better than that of rival bidders at hunting down enemy submarines in an “unstable and tense” part of the world.

Speaking exclusively to Fairfax Media ahead of a summit in Sydney with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has outlined his case for the lucrative contract, promising the nine vessels would be built in Australia using local labour.

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