Babcock Defence Systems’ Rosyth dockyard has won its first Government contracts since the Fife yard was privatised earlier this year. The deals are worth £165m.
Rosyth has won the £120m refit of the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine HMS Sceptre and the £35m refit of the Type 42 destroyer HMS Exeter.
Sceptre’s refit is the first of a possible two Swiftsure class refits promised to Rosyth because of delays in commissioning the new nuclear submarine refit facilities at Rosyth’s rival, the now privatised Devonport dockyard.
Work on Exeter’s one-year refit starts at the end of this month and will employ 450 people at its peak.
Sceptre’s refit has just started and will occupy up to 1,000 people over the next three years.