MPs and members of the House of Lords met to show their support for the UK's submarine building industry, a key employer in the North West.
BAE Systems has sealed a £2.5bn jet deal with Oman. The deal will safeguard around 6,000 jobs at the Lancashire-based company.
A £1.2 billion contract has been awarded to build the Royal Navy's new hunter-killer submarine HMS Audacious.
A £150m investment at the BAE Systems plant in Samlesbury will mean the company can step up production of the F-35 fighter jet from one fuselage unit a week, to a complete unit every day.
Defence giant BAE Systems will today open a new manufacturing facility at its Samlesbury site in Lancashire, marking another milestone in production of the F-35 military jet.