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MOD renews BAE contract on Falklands Islands protection ship

The MOD has renewed its contract with BAE systems for the HMS Clyde.

06 May 2011

Business negotiations have resulted in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) deigning to renew a contract with BAE Systems on a Falklands Islands Protection Ship.

HMS Clyde, a Royal Navy ship stationed in the south Atlantic, will receive support services from the firm until 2018.

The vessel, which weighs in at more than 1,800 tonnes and has a crew of 43, will be responsible for protecting the territory, a task previously carried out by the HMS Dumbarton Castle and HMS Leeds Castle.

Commenting on the renewal, Mick Ord, managing director of BAE Systems surface ships division, explained that an engineer from the firm is permanently based in the area to provide maintenance and repairs to the ship.

"Our ability to deliver repair and maintenance services to warships wherever they are around the world provides real value to the Ministry of Defence," he said.

This comes after Marshall Aerospace extended its logistics contract with DB Schenker, following business negotiations between the pair.

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