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100 Portsmouth shipbuilding jobs safeguarded after MOD £70m deal

June 23, 2014 by Tez

The MOD has struck a £70m deal that safeguards 100 Portsmouth shipbuilding jobs with BAE Systems. After months of turmoil and uncertainty about the cities future within the industry this is good news and will see a two year contract round off construction of six new Type 45 destroyers.

It’s expected that a further raft of jobs will be sustained by the company’s supply chain. Minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne said: This £70m contract is good news for Portsmouth. It will protect the skills of around 100 expert engineers and makes clear that the future of the city’s ship support industry is bright. Our Type 45 destroyers are the largest and most powerful the navy has ever had, featuring state of the art equipment and weapons systems. It is essential the ships receive top class support and Portsmouth has the skills needed to do this. There is no question the shipyard will continue to play an important role in the city’s future.’

HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Dragon, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan are all being built in accordance with Royal Navy requirements and capabilities. BAE Systems managing director John Hudson said: ‘We are proud to continue our support to the Royal Navy fleet. Our objective is to ensure the ships are ready and available to be deployed and to continue that support while they are on operations around the world. This contract is an excellent example of industry and Government working collaboratively to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.’



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