Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Two Navy shipyards could close

Two navy shipyards could close after the conclusion of the CVF contract to build the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. A leaked memo from BVT which owns yards in Glasgow and Portsmouth says that the MOD is willing to pay for the 1000s of redundancies when the yards close in the middle of the next decade.

After CVF it is thought just 1 yard will be needed for RN work. Its thought likely to be one of the Clyde yards and Portsmouth as the latter is more modern but not big enough for surface ships of the size of the T42 though of course T45 (which has replaced T42) will be in long completed by then and the only naval orders on the horizon in the latter part of the next decade and beyond are likely to be the next generation frigate fleet.

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