However, I view the timing of this announcement with considerable scepticism. Is it another ploy by a fraught government to curry favour, with a belated token of commitment to our beleaguered maritime services which have suffered so diabolically during the 17 years of Thatcherite ideology?
A minister referring to this government's commitment to our maritime heritage is blatant hypocrisy when the Conservatives have presided over the destruction of our once great and proud Merchant Navy.
It is reassuring to know that any new building will take place in a British yard - do we still have the capacity?
Captain Anthony S Young
Hornsea, East YorkshireReuse content