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Portsmouth is proud of its shipbuilding achievements, says city council leader Donna Jones

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council said people should take pride in what has been achieved in shipbuilding.

Councillor Donna Jones made the comment about shipbuilding in Portsmouth, as yesterday the final ship block built in the city left for Scotland.

Cllr Jones said: ‘I’m happy and proud of what the city has produced.

‘It has played a historic part in building such a ship, and that is something to be proud of.’

And Cllr Jones said that it is not a goodbye to HMS Prince of Wales, which will be assembled in Scotland, but only a farewell.

The aircraft carrier, along with HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be heading back to Portsmouth once it is complete.

She added: ‘This is only a farewell and not a goodbye as both ships will permanently be based in Portsmouth.

‘The city will be their homes and we look forward to welcoming them back.

‘The future looks very bright for Portsmouth.

‘The Prime Minister David Cameron has made a commitment that the city will be the home of the Royal Navy, and most of the fleet will be here.’

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