FIVE years of work and new jobs are assured at Appledore Shipyard with confirmation that the yard will play its part in the building of two new aircraft carriers for the Ministry of Defence. Parent company Babcock Marine has won the contract to build the

FIVE years of work and new jobs are assured at Appledore Shipyard with confirmation that the yard will play its part in the building of two new aircraft carriers for the Ministry of Defence.Parent company Babcock Marine has won the contract to build the two 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.The work is being divided among shipyards across England and Scotland and Appledore has been chosen to build the bows for each of the ships.Each of the 2,000 tonne bows will be built and outfitted at Appledore before being transported by barge for final assembly at the Rosyth Yard in Scotland.The bow areas house all the forward mooring and anchor handling equipment as well as other key compartments such as workshops, stores, gyms, aviation, air handling and medical compartments.Appledore's shipbuilding director Andy Hamilton said: "We are certainly delighted that the Government has announced this contract and that Babcock has put its faith in Appledore."We like to think that wherever these carriers go in the world, the Devon part will arrive first."Mr Hamilton said that the yard, which currently employs 330 people, would be taking on more permanent employees as a result of the contract. It would also be able to resume apprenticeships.Design work for the carriers had already been started, he revealed, and they would start cutting steel in October.