New job threat for Appledore shipyard

APPLEDORE shipyard could be facing substantial redundancies due to a massive �1billion Ministry of Defence overspend on a project to build Britain s biggest aircraft carriers, it has been claimed. According to a memo - leaked from lead contractors and seen by the BBC - the

APPLEDORE shipyard could be facing "substantial redundancies" due to a massive �1billion Ministry of Defence overspend on a project to build Britain's biggest aircraft carriers, it has been claimed.

According to a memo - leaked from lead contractors and seen by the BBC - the MoD is looking at ways to cut costs on a �3.9bn programme for two warships, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

It said the project's costs were expected to rise to around �5bn and that the overspend could lead to the possibility of between 400 and 500 job loses; it is not clear whether these redundancies would be at Appledore, or shipyards in Scotland.

Workers in Appledore are constructing the bow sections for the two carriers.


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The BBC said that the �1bn "cost growth" of the project would be shown in the MoD's annual report and accounts, to be published in July.

It said the memo stated: "This is a very real fight for the programme's survival.

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