1800 jobs will be cut in shipyards operated by BAE Systems across England and Wales, bringing shipbuilding in Portsmouth to an end.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.
Work has begun in Portsmouth on a key section of a new aircraft carrier.
Portsmouth City Council is fighting to keep shipbuilding in the city by backing an online petition.
BAE Systems announced the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth with the loss of 940 jobs. Protestors say another 2,000 jobs in the area could be lost from suppliers who are dependent on the shipyard.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson is forming a task group to tackle the consequences of the shipbuilding decision, and local leaders have also asked for government support for this.
– Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council
I talked to Dr Cable about the shipyard issue and what we can do to try to protect jobs. One idea I want the government to consider is that one of the Royal Navy's three new offshore patrol vessels could be built in Portsmouth.
A petition calling for the retention of skilled workers in the Portsmouth Naval Base following the closure of BAE Systems’ shipbuilding site has been started by Portsmouth Labour group.
It reads "I support the protection of high-skilled jobs in Portsmouth and demand that the council and its partners in government work with all parties to protect the long-term future of Portsmouth Dockyard.”
It is available online and signatures are also being gathered on the doorstep.
John Ferrett, the Leader of the Labour Group on Portsmouth City Council and the Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North, believes the closure means vital skills will be lost at the Naval Base.
He has criticised the MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt, for her stance on the closure.
– John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour
It is astonishing that the MP for Portsmouth North is supporting the closure of the shipbuilding facility in Portsmouth. Workers need the support of their elected representatives at a time like this.
Furthermore, Portsmouth Naval Base will be the home of the two new aircraft carriers and there will be a demand for skilled labour when they come to the city in the second half of the decade.
It seems madness to lay off nearly a thousand skilled workers when their skills will be in demand in the near future."
Unions are due to meet bosses at BAE Systems today to fight plans to cut 940 jobs in Portsmouth.
Five centuries of shipbuilding will stop in the city from next year.
Work on the new eight hundred million pound aircraft carriers will move to Scotland - but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them.
Hundreds of people have been taking part in a rally in Portsmouth - to demonstrate against the planned closure of the city's shipyard. BAE Systems announced the move earlier this week, meaning more than nine hundred people will lose their jobs. Richard Slee reports.
Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, was at the city's rally today. He was there to support demonstrators hoping to save 940 BAE jobs. The cuts were announced earlier this week.
Scores of Portsmouth residents turned out to back a rally in support of saving the city's dockyard and the 940 BAE jobs there currently at risk.
The firm made an announcement earlier this week that it would begin closing the site next year. The proposal would see the end of centuries of shipbuilding in the city.
A Facebook page calling for BAE Systems jobs in Portsmouth to be saved has got more than 60,000 'likes' within days of being set up. The plans to cut 940 jobs in the city will end five centuries of shipbuilding from next year.
Work on the new £800 million aircraft carriers will move to Scotland, but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them. You can see the Facebook page here.
Unions have vowed to fight plans to cut hundreds of jobs in Portsmouth.
They will meet with senior executives from BAE Systems next week to discuss the loss of 940 jobs at the Portsmouth ship yard.
Shipbuilding will cease in the city from 2014.
Overall, 1,775 jobs will go at BAE Systems in Scotland and Portsmouth.
Today's announcement that hundreds of jobs will be lost at BAE in Portsmouth ends centuries of tradition in the city and the careers of hundreds of workers.
From the earliest records - ship building features as an important part of life in the city. Henry the Eighth granted Portsmouth the official status of Naval Dockyard. Kerry Swain has been looking back.
Tom Savvides looks at the revival of Chatham dockyard as shipbuilding ends in Portsmouth.
Tom speaks to former engineer Phillip Lewing, Bill Ferris from Chatham Historic Dockyard and councillor Jane Chitty from Medway Council.