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Babcock Wins £560M Contract for Devonport Naval Base

The MOD has signed a contract renewing the provision of essential services that enable Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth to support the Royal Navy 365-days-a-year.

The contract renews the Warship Support Modernisation Initiative (WSMI) agreement with Babcock at the naval base for four more years and, at a value of almost £560m, will secure over 250 jobs.

The Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said:

"This contract is an excellent example of how Defence Equipment and Support works with industry to provide quality support to the front line at real value for money. Babcock expects to deliver over £67m cost savings under this contract while maintaining the existing high standard services. This is money that can be reinvested back to the front line to provide better equipment for our troops.

"I am also delighted that this contract will also sustain over 250 local jobs which will provide more security for local families."

With over 5,000 ship movements each year, a host of services are needed to support Devonport Naval Base's busy workload every day. The contract provides a comprehensive suite of services from crucial ship and submarine engineering services to office space, transport around the 650-acre (263 hectares) base and medical services for personnel.

Naval Base Commander (Devonport), Commodore Ian Jess, said:

"This hugely important contract demonstrates the MOD's commitment to Devonport Naval Base. It will enable all of us who work in the base to continue to provide the vitally important support we give to the front-line Royal Navy every single day.

"The team here provides essential support to vessels right across the fleet, from nuclear submarines, through survey ships and the amphibious fleet, many of whom are currently deployed on Taurus 09. The base also provides support to the many Royal Navy and foreign warships that visit Devonport to undertake operational sea training."

The WSMI has been in place with Babcock at Devonport since 2002. This four-year contract extends the agreement to 2013.

The services that Babcock provides under the contract include:
-- Logistic, waterfront and engineering support to maintain the current availability of Devonport-based ships and submarines - the engineering support covers all routine maintenance and defect rectification performed outside of major refit activity (much is contracted separately);

--Logistic, waterfront and engineering support to all ships undertaking operational sea training with Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), including international units; and

--Under the Dockyard Sale Agreement 1997, Babcock has an obligation to maintain the dockyard infrastructure. WSMI acts as the contractual delivery and payment mechanism for this, and for the maintenance of the naval base.

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Contract Secures Support to Devonport Naval Base