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Future of shipbuilding in Portsmouth still uncertain

The future of more than a thousand workers employed in the shipbuilding industry in Portsmouth remains under a cloud of uncertainty - that's despite a day full of ceremony when BAE Systems handed over an ocean patrol vessel to the Brazilian navy.

Even as the event was taking place, the company's managing director was still unable to give a firm commitment that it would continue operations in the city. This from our correspondent Martin Dowse.

Brazilian Navy takes delivery of second ocean patrol vessel

APA was built by BAE Systems Credit: ITV Meridian

APA, the second of three Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems has been handed over to the Brazilian Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The Ocean Patrol Vessel is the second to be built for the Brazilians Credit: ITV Meridian

A £133m contract with BAE Systems for the supply of three Ocean Patrol Vessels and ancillary support services was signed 11 months ago. First of class, AMAZONAS, arrived in her home port of Rio de Janeiro two months ago.

The ships are effective for search and rescue, maritime security and humanitarian relief operations and will provide Brazil with enhanced maritime capability.