MoD signs deal for construction of new naval ships in Scotland

A Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training with HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of her Rotary Wing Trials

Helicopter puts flight deck crew through its paces

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HUNDREDS of jobs have been protected after the Ministry of Defence signed a £287m deal for two more Royal Navy ships to be built on the Clyde.

The two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be built at the BAE Systems Govan shipyard before being floated to Scotstoun to be fitted out.

Civic leaders including Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt previously led calls for the OPV programme to come to the city to fill a ‘construction gap’ at Portsmouth’s shipyard from 2014 – prior to the announcement the facility would be closed.