£60m deal to prepare Portsmouth Naval Base for carriers

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THE Ministry of Defence is inviting firms to bid for a £60m contract to build a new berth and jetty for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Firms can apply for the work that includes dredging the existing channel to make it deeper and wider for the 65,000-tonne warships.

The jetties will be extensively refurbished to boost electricity supply to the carriers via a new substation located at the base.

The £7bn ships, which will be based in Portsmouth from 2016 onwards, are the largest vessels ever built for the Royal Navy. Each will provide the armed forces with a four-acre operating base which can be deployed worldwide.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are replacing the 22,000-tonne Invincible class aircraft carriers, HMS’ Invincible, Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal.

Companies are being invited to register their interest on the MOD Supplier Information Database at www.contracts.mod.uk. Firms have until November 27 to complete the application.