Anger as BAE axes 1,775 shipyard jobs

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Workers in some of the country’s biggest shipyards were dealt a huge blow today when defence giant BAE Systems announced plans to axe 1,775 jobs and end shipbuilding at one the country’s most historic industrial sites.

The firm said 940 jobs will be lost in Portsmouth and a further 835 in Glasgow, Rosyth and Filton, near Bristol.

Shipbuilding operations will end in Portsmouth in the second half of next year, but an engineering team will be retained to support the new Type 26 warships, which will be built in Glasgow.

Unions said the job losses were a “devastating blow” to the industry, while some politicians said Portsmouth was being hit harder than yards in Scotland because of the independence referendum in Scotland next year.

The job losses will have no impact on BAE’s Military Air operations at Warton and Samlesbury.