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Historic Portsmouth dockyard could face the axe, says The Sunday Times

Sunday, January 22nd 2012 - 23:30 UTC
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Portsmouth has been an English naval base since the 1200s Portsmouth has been an English naval base since the 1200s

UK arms manufacturer BAE Systems said it was reviewing its warship business but refused to comment on a newspaper report that it was set to close the historic Portsmouth dockyard.

The Sunday Times reported that Portsmouth, on the southeast coast of England, was the likely victim of a sweeping review of the group's shipbuilding operations and a decision was likely in the next three months.

BAE employs about 1,500 workers at the yard and it provides another 1,500 jobs in support roles.

Portsmouth has been a naval base since the 1200s but the first recorded warship built there was the Sweepstake in 1497.

BAE gained a monopoly in the construction of British warships in 2009 when it bought the shipbuilding arm of VT Group, formerly Vosper Thorneycroft.

It has yards on the Clyde in Scotland, at Scotstoun and Govan, and at Portsmouth.

All of the yards are working on sections of the hulls for Britain's two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

A company spokeswoman said: “As part of our business planning activity, we are reviewing how best to retain the capability to deliver and support complex warships in the UK in the future.

”This work is ongoing and we will keep our employees and trade union representatives fully informed, as it progresses.”

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  • briton

    What a complete load of utter rubbish,
    Yeh why not close ports mouth, and the Scottish bases, and the probable closing of Plymouth as well, yeh why not,
    Oh shit, we forgot where do we put the bloody ships and subs,
    How very silly of you Briton, they will park them outside of Sunday time offices, or in a bus garage,
    Oh yeh how very silly,
    if you believed what the papers always said, we would still be living in caves and reading stone tablets .

    Jan 22nd, 2012 - 11:52 pm 0
  • Malvinero1

    britton.So are you getting the 2 carriers by 2015?/ So you can blow Argentina???
    Were you in the navy britton?????Your mind works like a military one,very linear...

    Jan 23rd, 2012 - 02:40 am 0
  • stick up your junta

    @ 2
    If we do close the museum, the argies may get to update their fleet on the cheap :-))))))))

    Jan 23rd, 2012 - 10:04 am 0
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