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Defence giant BAE considers shipyard closure

Defence giant BAE has confirmed it is considering closing one of its major shipyards in a move that could threaten more than 1,000 jobs.

BAE's UK chief executive Nigel Whitehead told The Sunday Telegraph a decision was expected by the end of the year.

The future of its three major bases - one at Portsmouth and two in Glasgow, at Govan and Scotstoun - has been under threat after BAE launched a review of its maritime operations this year.

It is believed Portsmouth is most at risk and a closure could reportedly put about 1,500 jobs at risk.

Mr Whitehead told the newspaper that plans for a "reduction in footprint" could see "the cessation of manufacturing at one of the sites".

"We will be making decisions this year," he added.