Well BEA systems? have finally made a decision and part of this decision is that after more than 500 years of Naval Shipbuilding at Portsmouth they will no longer have the capability to build warships at Portsmouth some time in 2015
While this is devastating news for the guys who will lose there jobs the suits at BEA systems? are saying that along with the further loss of jobs on the Clyde (approx. 900) the two remaining yards on the Clyde will be used to build the Navy's future combat ships once design is finalised.
Again crazy to think that the U.K. is an island which imports around 80% of its needs and they no longer even have a shipbuilding capability to build a cargo vessel, this is politics and shipbuilding once more and this has to be one of the only industries there is where the harder and better you work the closer you are to losing your job.
Still they do build lots of ships in China now, perhaps Salmond can arrange for some of the lost jobs to be transferred?
The politics behind this decision are very suspect given the political climate in Scotland at the moment and of course it just happens to be another Tory government in power for now.
For more on this story see the BBC link
Philip Hammond told the Commons the job cuts were regrettable but inevitable (Spoken like a real politician?)
The following is a little bit of history about Shipbuilding on the River Clyde in Scotland