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TWO MPs visited Portsmouth Naval Base to meet apprentices.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond was joined by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage on the trip to BAE Systems.

The politicians went to see the new skills training centre, which trains 50 apprentices each year and spoke to young people on four-year courses learning skills such as electrical engineering and fabrication.

After they visited the ship hall, which is being used to refurbish Royal Navy mine hunter vessels.

They were briefed by the Royal Navy about the latest developments in the preparations for the arrival of the two new aircraft carriers to Portsmouth.

‘It was great to see so much quality work being undertaken in the naval base, especially with regards to the minehunters that will undergo work there,’ said Mrs Drummond.

‘Meeting the apprentices was also a pleasure. These are very able young people who got a place with BAE in competition with 49 others who applied for each position.

‘It goes to show the depth of talent we have and it will help Portsmouth and Gosport prosper in the future.’

Ms Dinenage said: ‘Having such a high-technology company as BAE in our area training the next generation of technicians and engineers is a real boost for the economy.

‘I know many people are looking forward to the arrival of the aircraft carriers in the coming years and this 
will be a source of great 
pride for both sides of the harbour.’