Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is "sorry" to see the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth and described the loss of 800 jobs across Scottish yards as a "significant and devastating blow" to the country's workers.
Ms Sturgeon, though, said the Scottish government "welcomed" BAE Systems' decision to continue to build in Clyde, which she said reflects the "workforce's world-class expertise and skills mix".
She said the government will work with the firm and with those who face redundancy to try to find them alternative work after the mass axing.
While some Scottish jobs remain, Ms Sturgeon added: "We recognise the disappointment that faces shipbuilders in Portsmouth."
The closure of the city's shipyard, which once kept the British Empire afloat, brings 800 years of power and pageantry to an end.
Everyone knows Britain no longer rules the waves, but we may never be sure of the motives that have kept Scottish shipbuilding in business.
The historic naval city and surrounding area has become vulnerable to big shocks like this and the prospect of new jobs is far from certain.