‘It is a proud week for Portsmouth,’ says Penny Mordaunt, member of Parliament for the north of the city.
‘The last of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier blocks built there have been floated out of the shipyard and on to Rosyth.
‘The news that BAE was to move its shipbuilding operation north left the future of shipbuilding uncertain.
‘Such a revelation could have resulted in industrial action and lost investment. It didn’t.
‘Instead, something quite different happened. The people of Portsmouth rallied. No stone was left unturned.
‘Nine months on this great city has a new lease of life.
‘There has been massive investment from the public and private sector in maritime, manufacturing, and marine leisure and sport.
‘Portsmouth has adapted, fast. The growth of refit work and the sustainability of a diversified order book for the shipyard means that our unrivalled supply chain and SME network can invest in growing skills and job creation.
‘Never again will the city’s workforce be reliant on just one type of shipbuilding or on just one industry for its future.
‘This diversification beyond defence work will create the most interesting, well paid jobs in that sector, for local people.
‘All of us involved are proud that so much has happened to secure Portsmouth’s shipping future.’