The UK Docks contract forms part of a wider £1bn deal that will secure hundreds of jobs at shipyards right across the country, announced by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew today.
The deal covers 17 ships and will improve how spares, repairs and maintenance work are carried out.
Mr Andrew said: “This £1bn deal secures work for some of our world-leading shipyards into the next decade, supporting over 700 jobs for workers to ensure our ships remain at sea to defend the nation.
“This vital work is not only great news for our Navy, but also underlines the importance of defence to our national skills and prosperity.”
UK Docks’ will service three Royal Navy marine survey ships - HMS Protector, HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise.
At 90 metres long the ships are of a significant scale andthe task of UK Docks will be to ensure all three are properly repaired and maintained until 2028.
HMS Protector provides a UK presence in the British Antarctic Territory and meets the UK’s treaty obligations for inspections, hydrographical charting and support of scientific research.
It can also be called upon to operate in the tropics.
HMS Echo and Enterprise deliver defence, global environmental data-gathering requirements and associated war roles.
All three play important roles in the navy and the ships need to be operational for334 days per year.
It will be UK Docks' responsibility to ensure their availability by, if necessary, overseeing maintenance and repairs across the globe.
UK Docks' founder, Harry Wilson, said: “It is an amazing moment for us as a company to win a contract of this magnitude, prestige and scale.
“It is an acknowledgement of the quality of work and the huge amount of effort that has been put in by the workforce of the company in recent years.
“I think it may have helped that we previously demonstrated our ability to successfully service some of the MoD’s under 50 metres fleet of support vessels from our facilities around the UK.
“That may have played a part in our taking the next step up in terms of the size and scale of responsibility.
“The contract brings investment into the region, will help further develop expertise and skills and I think it is a great vote of confidence in the North East of England.