MOD contract awarded to BAE for carrier preparation

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THE Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a 12-month contract worth £1.5m to devise a plan for how the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers can be supported in Portsmouth and around the globe.

BAE Systems Maritime Services and Babcock will work together with the Ministry of Defence on designing a plan for the new Portsmouth-based carriers in time for their commissioning.

Richard Dingley, fleet services director at BAE Systems, said: ‘This contract is a key stepping stone in organising a joint enterprise ready to support HMS Queen Elizabeth.

‘Working with the Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy and Babcock Marine we will prepare the engineering solution ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers to arrive in Portsmouth.

‘Together we aim to build an integrated support community, operating to ensure that the resources for the new class of carriers are in the right place at the right time – in Portsmouth and in operation around the globe.’

The contract announcement follows news of £100m government investment in the naval base before the new carriers are commissioned.