A £70m deal to safeguard 100 maritime jobs working on the navy’s newest destroyers has now been awarded to BAE Systems in Portsmouth.
The two and a half year contract, first revealed to The News by defence secretary Philip Hammond last month, will protect around 100 highly skilled jobs at BAE Systems in Portsmouth, the home port of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers.
Further jobs are expected to be sustained in the company’s wider supply chain.
Minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne said: ‘This £70m contract is good news for Portsmouth.
‘It will protect the skills of around 100 expert engineers and makes clear that the future of the city’s ship support industry is bright.
‘Our Type 45 destroyers are the largest and most powerful the navy has ever had, featuring state of the art equipment and weapons systems.
‘It is essential the ships receive top class support and Portsmouth has the skills needed to do this.
‘There is no question the shipyard will continue to play an important role in the city’s future.’
The servicing and support of all the warships in the Daring class is managed by the Type 45 Class Output Management (COM) Team, based at Portsmouth.
The team ensures the Type 45 ships are available to meet all Royal Navy requirements and manage capability upgrades as well as the provision of spares and support worldwide.
John Hudson, managing director of maritime at BAE Systems added: ‘We are proud to continue our support to the Royal Navy fleet.
‘Our objective is to ensure the ships are ready and available to be deployed and to continue that support while they are on operations around the world.
‘This contract is an excellent example of industry and Government working collaboratively to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.’
The six Daring Class Type 45 ships — HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Dragon, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan — are the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers ever operated by the Royal Navy.
Designed and built by BAE Systems, the ships were designed to take into consideration future engineering, maintenance and upgrade requirements thus ensuring their longevity.