Aircraft Carriers

The second bow section for the aircraft carriers being assembled at Rosyth Dockyard has arrived, excellent news for the many people in Dunfermline employed at the Dockyard.

The future of the Dockyard is, of course, of great significance to people in West Fife, and many will be asking what Independence will mean for jobs and contracts.

The Dockyard is uniquely placed to undertake projects of the complexity and scale of the aircraft carriers — including assembly, servicing and refitting.  It has the largest dry dock in the UK, in addition to a wealth of technical expertise and experience.  No constitutional change can alter the fact that there is not a dry dock anywhere in England that could take these vessels.

We can look forward to the Dockyard maintaining a highly skilled workforce. Not every country boasts a dockyard, especially not one such as Rosyth’s, and I am confident work will continue to flow in, based on the Dockyard’s quality reputation.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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