Today’s Defence related news includes coverage of the closure of Appledore shipyard.
Babcock International’s announcement that it is to close its Appledore yard in Devon next year is covered in a variety of newspapers including The Times, The Glasgow Herald, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, and the Financial Times.
A UK Government spokesperson said:
The Appledore yard has played a key role in building the nation’s two new aircraft carriers. We spent more than £1.7 billion with Babcock last year. We are very disappointed to hear that Babcock does not plan to renew the lease at Appledore and while this is a matter for the company, the government stands ready to support any workers affected at this concerning time. Babcock has said it will work to offer new opportunities to as many employees as possible and the company will continue to play a key role in the maritime sector, both in supporting Royal Navy ships and as a potential competitor in future shipbuilding projects.