• £ 30 million for dry dock maintenance for Queen Elizabeth class carriers
  • 300 vacancies are maintained at Rosyth Shipyard and a wider supply chain
  • Monitor both QEC carriers that accept international interactions with allies

The 10-year agreement guarantees that two warships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – will be able to undergo dry docking for scheduled maintenance and repair at Babcock Rosyth facilities, meaning ships continue to operate safely and remain available for defense. operations for both the UK and its allies.

The work will help save 300 jobs at Rosyth and in the wider supply chain, contributing to the UK’s prosperity, strengthening the Union and supporting the government’s ambitions to level the playing field.

Defense Secretary Jeremy Quinn said:

The Queen Elizabeth class carriers are the flagships of our Royal Navy, and it is important that they remain ready to defend and defend Britain and our allies.

Both carriers were finally built in Rosyth and I am excited that they are back to service their dry docks while maintaining vital jobs and skills in Scotland.

The QEC requires a periodic dry dock throughout its life to carry out maintenance and repair activities to ensure that the UK will have a flexible and modern navy that can respond to future threats.

QEC continues to maintain security both in UK waters and abroad. Recently supported by HMS Prince of Wales Cold Answer Exercise with her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth conducts vital workouts and exercises in waters close to the UK to keep it ready for operations anywhere in the world.

Steve Coates, head of DE&S Queen Elizabeth, said:

Securing this contract is another important step towards QEC. The agreed partnership is a true testament to the excellent working relationship that has developed between the Department of Defense and industry. The work to be done will help maintain vital jobs and skills at the Rosyth shipyard, where carriers have been built, and, building on a wide supply chain, will contribute to the UK’s wider prosperity.

The contract was awarded to Defense Equipment & Support (DE&S) as part of a credible and transparent competition that encouraged strong bids from viable shipyards with the necessary facilities and experience docking large ships, military or civilian.

Sean Donaldson, head of marine engineering and systems and Rosyth Babcock’s website, said:

We are pleased to have been awarded a contract to provide dry docks for aircraft carriers over the next decade. Investments in Rosyth’s infrastructure and facilities over the past 10 years mean we are ideal for projects of this size and scale. The program will also benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of Babcock’s skilled workforce, which is imbued with operator experience. This is a really proud moment for us.


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