ACA awards £333 million of contracts to build new Navy aircraft carriers

Five sub contracts awarded for equipment to be installed on the ships and services for their assembly.
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) has awarded contracts worth £333 million to help build the Royal Navy's two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

The two future aircraft carriers will be the largest, most capable and powerful warships ever constructed in the UK, able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world throughout their expected service life of around 50 years.

Five sub-contracts have been awarded by the ACA, bringing the total value of sub-contracts awarded so far on the programme to almost £1.1 billion.

The contracts have been awarded to Imtech Marine & Offshore Ltd in Billingham, Teesside and Portsmouth for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, worth £120 million, Ship Support Services Ltd based near Rosyth for paint and scaffolding for the build process, worth £105 million and Tyco in Manchester for fixed fire fighting systems, worth £15 million.

Also, Henry Abrams in Glasgow for transport of sections of the ship from the yards across the UK to Rosyth for final assembly, worth £85 million and AEI Cables in Birtley, Co Durham for much of the 2,500 km of cabling to be installed, worth £8 million.

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said: "These sub-contracts will contribute thousands of jobs throughout the supply chain in addition to the thousands of jobs at the main shipyards which are building the ships."

"The build phase of the Carrier programme is now well under way. The first units have already been delivered to Rosyth where these ships will be assembled."

Further information:
Royal Navy - Queen Elizabeth Class

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