Harland & Wolff’s Appledore shipyard awarded watershed defense contract

Harland & Wolff's Appledore shipyard awarded watershed defense contractHarland & Wolff’s Appledore shipyard awarded watershed defense contractHarland & Wolff’s Appledore shipyard has won a £55million contract to rehabilitate a former Royal Navy minehunting vessel, with the ‘watershed’ deal expected to support 100 jobs at the company’s facilities in the South West of England.

On behalf of the Lithuanian government, the Defense Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) has awarded the contract which will see HMS Quorn (see former fleet mate) refurbished and restored at Appledore Naval Shipyard, further enhancing NATO’s maritime capability in Europe.

Supporting ambitions to strengthen UK shipbuilding, the works will see an influx of contractors for the project across the local and national supply chain.

This includes 14 major subcontracting packages in the areas of engineering, equipment and integration, as well as other refurbishment services.

John Wood, Group Managing Director of Harland & Wolff, said: “This is a watershed moment. This contract provided the breakthrough we needed to activate the fifth and final element of our business strategy – the key defense market.

Learn more about the contract InsiderMedia has a report.

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