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£2.6bn Order For Devonport And Clyde Bases

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GMB Welcome £2.6 Billion Contract To Babcock For Devonport And Clyde Naval Bases

With the carrier programme and the Type 26 orders this order seals the commitment to UK defence jobs says GMB.

GMB, the union for civilian staff at UK naval bases, welcomed the award of a £2.6 billion contract to Babcock which manages Her Majesty’s Naval Bases at Devonport and Clyde. See notes to editors for MOD press release of 1st October.

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), said “The award of this contract pays a massive compliment to the skills and expertise of workforce on the Clyde.

It also underlines the importance of the partnership between Babcock and BAE Systems which GMB considers provides the basis to sustain long term job security and helps the transfer of skills into the next generation while adjusting to the on-going work programme.

With the carrier programme and the Type 26 orders this order seals the commitment to UK defence jobs.”

Kevin Norman, GMB regional Officer for Devonport, said “This is good news for Devonport and for the City of Plymouth and the hinterland. It will sustain 4,000 jobs at Devonport which are of crucial economic importance to this area.

Devonport has a great record of training apprentices and with this contract we will try to build on that.” 


Contact: for Scotland - Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726 or 0141 332 8641. For Plymouth Kevin Norman 07710 618901 or 01752 660219 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to Editors

£3.2 billion naval base investment sustains thousands of UK jobs

From: MOD first published: 1 October 2014

MOD has awarded £3.2 billion of contracts to support the management of the UK's naval bases.

The contracts will also cover the maintenance and repair of the Royal Navy’s warships and submarines, directly sustaining more than 7,500 jobs across the UK.

Babcock, which manages Her Majesty’s Naval Bases at Devonport and Clyde, has been awarded a £2.6 billion contract, while BAE Systems, which manages Portsmouth Naval Base, has been awarded a £600 million contract.

The deal, which brings 5 existing contracts under one framework, represents excellent value for money for MOD and the UK taxpayer, with over £350 million of savings secured.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK and ensure that the Royal Navy’s fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations.

Following the £3.5 billion Scout armoured vehicle contract, this is the second biggest defence contract placed by this government and reflects our commitment to giving our armed forces what they need to keep Britain safe.

As a former Minister for Portsmouth I know how important naval bases are for the local economies so I am delighted that these contracts have been awarded.

The contract will sustain around 1,500 jobs at Clyde Naval Base and up to 4,000 jobs at Devonport Naval Base for Babcock, and more than 2,000 BAE Systems jobs at Portsmouth.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:

These significant contracts represent a strategic investment in the Royal Navy’s essential infrastructure.

Without the stalwart and tireless support provided by each of the 3 naval bases ashore, the ships and submarines of the Royal Navy would not be able to deploy as a credible, strategic and global presence at sea.

A shipbuilder working on the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]

Bernard Gray, MOD’s Chief of Defence Materiel, said:

These contracts are another example of how MOD is delivering on its major procurement programmes and finding both the right deal for the armed forces and driving down costs.

The 3 naval bases in the UK play a vital role in the defence of this country and in the economic well-being of the regions in which they are located.



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