More than 100 jobs will be created in Hampshire after shipbuilding company VT Group won a £150m contract to build three off-shore patrol vessels.
The off-shore patrol vessels should be completed in 2009
The Southampton-based company signed a contract with the Trinidad and Tobago Coastguard to supply the three patrol vessels for the Caribbean islands.
The ships, which will be 295ft (90m) in length, will be built at the firm's yard in Portsmouth.
Production is expected to start in the autumn for completion in 2009.
The boats will be used for a range of economic exclusion zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement.
Paul Lester, VT chief executive, said the contract would sustain about 200 existing jobs and was a "further notable export success" in addition to a contract to build three advanced ocean patrol vessels for the government of Oman.