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£348m Contract For Govan Welcome

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GMB Welcome £348m Contract For Three Offshore Patrol Vessels For Govan Shipyard

This is great news for Scotland after the recent announcements of job losses which secures work at the Govan shipyard till 2017 says GMB.

GMB, the union for shipyard workers, welcomed the announcement by MOD of a £348 million contract for Govan build 3 new offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy.

David Hulse, GMB National Officer for shipbuilding, said "This is great news for Scotland after the recent announcements of job losses. This secures work at the Govan shipyard till 2017.

GMB members there deserve the jobs on these three offshore patrol vessels after continued campaigns to win the work.

GMB and others need to keep working to secure more work because there is still a big question mark over the Govan shipyard come 2017.”

Jim Moohan, senior officer GMB Scotland and chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions in Scotland, added “This order for the offshore patrol vessels confirms the Government’s continuing support for a UK shipbuilding strategy. It also shows the success of the partnership that has sustained the industry in Scotland. It also clearly highlights the importance of the alliance between the different companies in the UK shipbuilding industry.”


Contact Jim Moohan 07885 868404 or Harry Donaldson 07885 456726 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Copy of MOD press release-  Published 12 August 2014

£348 million warship contract delivers Clyde jobs boost

Ministry of Defence, HM Treasury, The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

More than 800 Scottish jobs have been protected thanks to a multi-million-pound contract to build 3 new vessels for the Royal Navy.

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow.

Featuring a redesigned flight deck to operate the latest Merlin helicopters as well as increased storage and accommodation facilities, the OPVs build on the proven capability of the Royal Navy’s current River Class vessels.

Announcing the contract, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

UK warships are only built in UK shipyards. This multi-million-pound contract shows our commitment to investing in new ships for the Royal Navy and maintaining in the UK the expertise needed to build the warships of the future. It will benefit the dedicated workers of the Clyde, their families and the local economy in Glasgow.

This sort of investment by the UK government is vital for the sustainment of shipbuilding in the city and the hundreds of specialist manufacturing and engineering roles that play an important role in providing war-fighting capability for the Royal Navy.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, will today visit the BAE Systems site alongside defence equipment minister Philip Dunne to meet some of the employees who will be involved in manufacturing the vessels when work begins this autumn.

Mr Alexander said:

I am delighted that we will be building the Royal Navy’s new offshore patrol vessels in Glasgow. Today’s announcement continues over 200 years of tradition building the nation’s leading ships on the Clyde. This will also support hundreds of jobs in the region and make an important contribution to the wider UK economy.

Having played an important role in the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was named by the Queen in a ceremony last month, workers on the Clyde are now manufacturing blocks for the second aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales, which is being assembled at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh.

Work on the OPVs will help sustain skilled jobs on the Clyde and support BAE Systems’ work to improve the efficiency of shipbuilding operations. The first OPV is expected to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017.


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