UK MoD highlights role of small business in carrier programme

04 December 2017

Ahead of the planned commissioning of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new aircraft carrier on 7 December, the UK government has praised the involvement of SMEs in the build of the vessel.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be formally commissioned by its namesake at Portsmouth Naval Base following completion of a number of sea trials that began in June, with development of the carrier having included about 700 British SMEs and 10,000 employees, the government says.

“On behalf of defence, the government and the whole of the United Kingdom, I would like to thank the hundreds of businesses around the country for the millions of hours they’ve spent equipping our ships in what has been an immense nationwide enterprise,” Harriett Baldwin, secretary for defence procurement, said on 2 December.

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