Step forward for naval base as centre opens

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WORK to modernise Portsmouth Naval Base will take a step forward with the official opening of a new specialist ship maintenance centre today.

The recently-refurbished 15 Dock Centre of Specialisation is the first of four new centres within the base to carry out future support of Royal Navy frigates and destroyers.

As reported in The News, it is the first step in a 15-year programme aimed at transforming the naval base by 2030.

The work includes preparations for the navy’s two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Rear-Admiral Ian Jess, assistant chief of naval staff (support), said: ‘Across all three of our naval bases we are investing in facilities to support a modern navy deployed on operations throughout the world.

‘I am therefore delighted to open the new 15 Dock complex in Portsmouth today which further demonstrates the increased investment we are providing to our naval bases and commitment to their future.’

The other three specialisation centres to follow are a base for the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, fleet time engineering for destroyers and frigates and an improved complex for the navy’s mine countermeasures ships.