PORTSMOUTH SHIPBUILDING ENDS
Wednesday August 27th, 2014
Portsmouthís historical dockyard has just completed the hull section of a Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier for the last time, marking the end of its shipbuilding. The 6,000 ton hull of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has left the dockyard and is on its way to Rosyth Scotland.
The 20 metre in height, 70 metre in length and 40 metres in width hull section has set off on its trip to Scotland, and when completed will return to Portsmouth.
The closure of the yard was announced last year by BAE Systems, who run the yard, and around a thousand workers will be affected by this. Just under 500 have taken voluntary redundancy and less than a hundred compulsory redundancies.
Good luck to all of them. Itís a sad day in British shipbuilding history.
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