Carrier jobs confirmed on the Clyde

25 Oct 2010

The Government's continuing commitment to the next generation of aircraft carriers has secured the future of shipyards on the Clyde. Two stern blocks for the massive carriers are currently under construction at BAE System's Govan shipyards.

BAE Systems has welcomed the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review which was published on 19 October 2010.

Alan Johnston, Managing Director at BAE Systems' Surface Ships division, said: "We warmly welcome the UK Government's confirmed commitment to the outstanding capabilities of the Type 45 destroyers, two Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, development of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the long-term support of the surface fleet at Portsmouth Naval Base.
"We remain committed to working with the Ministry of Defence to drive substantial efficiencies across maritime naval procurement, whilst continuing to deliver world-class capability to the Royal Navy and sustaining the skills to build and support complex warships in the UK."
Construction of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers is significantly advanced at six shipyards across the UK, with two stern blocks being built at BAE Systems' Govan yard on the Clyde and a centre section of the hull in build at its Portsmouth facility.
BAE Systems will continue to work with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and partners in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to maintain momentum on the build programme, whilst advancing the work required for conversion of the ships to incorporate conventional launch aircraft.
Sources: BAE Systems,  BBC news item: "modest" hit for defence cuts


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