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Warship Upgrade Secures 300 Plymouth Jobs

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4:50pm 12th December 2012
(Updated 4:50pm 12th December 2012)

A big upgrade for the Royal Navy's largest warship secures 300 jobs in Plymouth.

The MOD has confirmed a sixty-five million pound contract to refit HMS Ocean will be carried out by Babcock at Devonport Dockyard.  

The helicopter carrier played a key role in security at the London Olympics during the summer. Ocean enters 10dock for refit riggers 2012

The refit is expected to last 15 months and will include improvements to her radar, gun, command system and living quarters. Around 100,000 litres of paint will be applied to HMS Ocean.

70 other contractors will be involved in the work, safeguarding a further 300 jobs across the UK.

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."

4:50pm 12th December 2012

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