BAE Systems mulling future of warship business as part of a strategic review

DEFENCE giant BAE Systems admitted yesterday it was considering the future of its Portsmouth-based warship business, after reports suggested the dockyard could be closed.

BAE also owns yards where warships are built at Scotstoun and Govan, both on the river Clyde in Scotland.

The Portsmouth site employs around 1,500 workers and the same again in support roles. Current contracts being fulfilled at the docks include building parts for two new British aircraft calendars, named after the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

A spokesperson 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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