GMB Welcome £600 Million BAE Systems Contract For Portsmouth Naval Base And Royal Navy Operations For The Next Five Years
Contract provided an opportunity for discussions with the company on how best to maximise employment of local skilled labour from the pool of recently redundant shipbuilders says GMB.
GMB, the union for civilian workers in the UK naval bases, welcomed the announcement that the UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a five-year £600 million contract to support the Royal Navy's surface Fleet and manage HM Naval Base Portsmouth. See notes to editors for copy of press release from BAE Systems.
Gary Cook, GMB Regional Organiser said “I welcome this announcement on this £600m contract for Portsmouth.
I look forward to using this contract as an opportunity for discussions with the company on how best to maximise employment of local skilled labour from the pool of recently redundant shipbuilders. This follows the MODs decision to move naval shipbuilding to the Clyde yards in Scotland which effectively left England with no major naval shipbuilding capability.
GMB will be watching intensely to ensure that where possible workers for contractors and agencies are kept to a minimum in favour of engaging directly employed full time staff.”
Contact Gary Cook 07712 677594 or 01489 578 665 or Dave Hulse 07971 266157 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Notes to editors
Copy of press release from BAE systems dated 01 October 2014
£600 MILLION CONTRACT TO MANAGE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE AND SUPPORT GLOBAL ROYAL NAVY OPERATIONS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a five-year £600 million contract to support half of the Royal Navy's surface Fleet on UK and global operations as well as the management of HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
The contract award secures more than 2,000 jobs and demonstrates BAE Systems’ enduring commitment to the Solent region and to Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy. It follows a successful 12 year track record delivering services in Portsmouth, during which the company has delivered savings in excess of £173 million for the taxpayer.
John Hudson, Managing Director, Maritime at BAE Systems, said: “This contract is an excellent example of our continued commitment to work collaboratively with the Royal Navy to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations at our Portsmouth business.
“This is an exciting time for everyone at the naval base. Working together, we will prepare the naval base for the arrival of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and continue to use our ship design and build knowledge to support the surface Fleet in service. This supports the Royal Navy’s operational capability and will deliver further savings for taxpayers.”
Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Commander of Portsmouth Naval Base, said: “The contract will keep the base running at the highest standards and will ensure our ships are in the best possible condition and operating at the highest capability. It has sustained more than 2,000 jobs at the base and many more in the supply chain.
“This announcement comes at an exciting time for Portsmouth Naval Base as we prepare for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.”
The Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) contract will run to 2019 and provides a partnering agreement between BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence. The contract will deliver a range of support services to ships, including technical services, maintenance, repair and upgrades to ensure ships are available for their operational requirements. It includes the management of the Portsmouth Naval Base estate on behalf of the Royal Navy, delivering everything that is needed to live and work on the base such as planning, engineering, hard facilities management, programme management and estates services covering energy, waterfront and logistics.
BAE Systems has been delivering services under the Warship Support Modernisation Initiative for the last 12 years and the Surface Ship Support Programme since 2011 during which the overall cost of providing services in Portsmouth Naval Base has significantly reduced. Throughout this time BAE Systems has supported the local supply chain and significantly contributed to the local economy.
Portsmouth Naval Base will be developed following significant Government investment in the infrastructure of the site, upgrading and improving facilities and services and providing a long term future for Portsmouth. This will provide the basis for integration of services to support ships and will provide a vehicle to support future classes including the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Notes to Editors
The Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) is the contracting mechanism used by the Ministry of Defence for the management of the three naval bases at Devonport, Clyde and Portsmouth. Contracts are managed by two industry partners, Babcock Marine for Devonport and Clyde and BAE Systems for Portsmouth.
The contracts provide potential to deliver significant benefits to the Ministry of Defence through the incorporation of contract enhancements for reduced cost and improved performance.
The scope of the contract covers:
Fleet-time Support Periods
Logistics & Supply Chain
Retail and Leisure
BAE Systems is proud to support the Portsmouth Fleet as the integrator of choice.