THE contract awarded to BAE Systems to manage Portsmouth Naval Base has been welcomed by leading figures in the city.
The five-year contract, worth £600m and set to safeguard more than 2,000 jobs, covers the management of the naval base estate, plus warship repair, maintenance and upgrades.
It will see BAE Systems supporting half of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet on UK and global operations.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This is absolutely brilliant news for Portsmouth that the Ministry of Defence has awarded a £600m contract to BAE to secure the maintenance and fleet services division, protecting 2,000 jobs.
‘This is the second largest defence contract the Ministry of Defence has ever awarded, bringing five previous contracts together under one framework making substantial savings.
‘This is a good indication for the future.’
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt was upbeat and said: ‘The government has been trying to encourage the three navy bases to become centres of excellence.
‘Clearly there’s a lot to be done, not just maintenance. ‘This is really taking things to a whole new level.
‘The impact for us is it will give us the security we need to ensure the Sword of Damocles is never ever hanging over our city again. It’s a really big deal and I’m delighted with it.’