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Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker told ITV News the loss of 1,775 jobs in the shipbuilding industry "raises a number of questions" about the UK's capability of building warships.
He said: "You have to maintain the skills and capability of a yard to build warships, you can't turn this off and on like a tap."
Mr Coaker also added that BAE Systems' job losses raised "a number of questions about what it means for the capacity of our country to build the warships it needs, and those are some of the questions that need to be answered."
The axing of 1,775 jobs across naval ships businesses in Portsmouth, Glasgow, Rosyth and Filton has been described as a "devastating day" by GMB union leader David Hulse.
David Hulse, GMB national officer and chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding, said:
Hugh Scullion, general secretary of the CSEU, said getting an agreement which for voluntary redundancies would be a key objective for the planned talks between union and company bosses next Monday.
BAE Systems said it was being hit by a "significant" reduction in workload following a peak of activity on the current aircraft carrier programme.
The company said 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.
BAE Systems is to cut 1,775 jobs, including 940 in Portsmouth, where shipbuilding will end next year, the company announced today.
BAE Systems is to consult on 1,775 potential job losses, including 940 in Portsmouth and more than 800 in Scotland, sources told the Press Association.
ITV News understands that BAE Systems will stop building ships at Portsmouth shipyard - the only jobs left will be in ship maintenance.
An announcement from BAE is expected at 11am this morning.
BAE Systems staff working at three shipyards - Govan and Scotstoun in Scotland and Portsmouth - will hear whether they still have a job at 11am this morning, before being sent home to digest the news, Unite the union told ITV News.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will make a statement to MPs in the House of Commons at 12.30pm on shipbuilding and aircraft carriers.
It has been suggested that the official announcement of job losses at BAE Systems will be at 10am today.
Up to 1000 jobs could be lost at the Portsmouth based shipyard.
It is believed a huge increase in the cost of building two new aircraft carriers could be to blame.
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