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At least 300 Plymouth jobs secured by £65m HMS Ocean work at dockyard

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

At least 300 Plymouth jobs secured by £65m HMS Ocean work at dockyard

At least 300 Plymouth jobs secured by £65m HMS Ocean work at dockyard

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Plymouth-based HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship, is to get £65M upgrade securing 600 jobs, the MoD announced today.

The upgrade will be carried out at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth and will be the largest upkeep programme of its kind to be carried out at the docks in more than 20 years.

The contract has been awarded to UK maritime support specialists Babcock, securing 300 jobs in Devonport. More than 70 contractors are also set to be involved in the project securing a further 300 jobs across the UK.

During the refit, which is expected to last 15 months, upgrades and improvements will be made to her radar, gun, command system and living quarters. Around 1,200 metres of new pipe work will be laid and around 100,000 litres of paint will be applied to HMS Ocean.

Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

“HMS Ocean plays a crucial role supporting operations as we saw during the Olympics and the Libya campaign and it is essential that we continue to invest in the upkeep of this formidable vessel.

“I am delighted that this contract will not only ensure that HMS Ocean remains a significant, highly-flexible, and capable warship for years to come, but will also secure hundreds of jobs within the UK.”

Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews, Chief of Materiel (Fleet) for the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

“Since entering service HMS Ocean has delivered comprehensive support to countless military operations as well as humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

“This extensive refit programme is essential in ensuring that this magnificent ship is able to continue in her role supporting and protecting the UK’s interests across the globe.”

HMS Ocean played an integral role in the Libya campaign launching Apache attack helicopters from her deck to attack Libyan ground defences, the first time Apaches had been launched from a Royal Navy warship.

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  • marc1964  |  December 13 2012, 7:01PM

    So these highly trained submarine mechanics can now be employed in the refit of a ship, why would they not be going up north with the submarines, Do i really want tradesman skilled in one job to be working on a totaly new skill set, Thank god i dont go to sea anymore

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  • prophetofdoom  |  December 13 2012, 8:17AM

    It seems quite straightforward to me. 300 jobs have been secured within Plymouth, with a further 300 for the 70 contractors that will support the project, but these are spread across the country, hence the 600 total. Correct me if I'm wrong but this is what the wording "securing 300 jobs in Devonport. More than 70 contractors are also set to be involved in the project securing a further 300 jobs across the UK." indicates.

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  • Waltersmith  |  December 12 2012, 9:57PM

    This paper is getting worse, isn't it? Please give my 14 year old daughter the relevant information and she will make a much better job of it (in between the dozens of other things she does)

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  • Nevman  |  December 12 2012, 7:45PM

    So is it 'securing' 300 or 600 jobs? Make up your mind, please - because it looks like, between the Herald and the MoD, somebody is just pulling numbers out of a hat.

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