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MoD's £3.2bn deal to support naval bases and sustain 7,500 jobs

The Ministry of Defence has made a "huge investment" after awarding £3.2 billion of contracts to support the management of the UK's naval bases and help sustain more than 7,500 jobs.

HMS Ocean arrives into the docks at Royal Naval Base Devonport Plymouth. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

BAE Systems, which manages HMNB Portsmouth, has been awarded a £600 million contract while Babcock, which manages Devonport and Faslane, has been given a £2.6 billion deal.

The Royal Navy's warships and submarines will be maintained and repaired as part of the deal, the MoD said.

This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK and ensure that the Royal Navy's fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

The contract will secure around 1,500 jobs at Faslane on the Clyde, up to 4,000 posts at HMNB Devonport and more than 2,000 at Portsmouth.