BAE Systems signs contract to restore historic warship

HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world, will undergo an extensive restoration at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as part of a £16m contract with BAE Systems.

Since July, the company’s engineers have been undertaking vital maintenance work to prepare the ship for the next phase of the ambitious renovation project and have removed the upper sections of the vessel’s three masts, as well as the booms, yards, spars and associated rigging.

The five-year contract, with an additional five-year option, will allow a detailed schedule of work to begin, including the installation of a fire-suppression system on the 246-year-old vessel.