By Jonathan Davies
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has secured the future of 7,500 jobs after awarding £3.2bn worth of new contracts to naval bases.
The contracts will secure jobs in bases at Davenport, Faslane and Portsmouth as Navy warships and submarines are maintained and repaired over five years.
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said: "These significant contracts represent a strategic investment in the Royal Navy's essential infrastructure.
"Without the stalwart and tireless support provided by each of the three naval bases ashore, the ships and submarines of the Royal Navy would not be able to deploy as a credible, strategic and global presence at sea."
Babcock was awarded £2.6bn to continue managing Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde and Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth. Devonport will have more than 4,000 jobs secured, with 2,000 at Portsmouth. 1,500 will be secured at Faslane.
BAE Systems, which manages Portsmouth Naval Base, was awarded £600m.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, said: "Following the £3.5bn Scout armoured vehicle contract, this is the second biggest defence contract placed by this Government and reflects our commitment to giving our Armed Forces what they need to keep Britain safe."
MoD chief of defence materiel Bernard Gray said: "The three naval bases in the UK play a vital role in the defence of this country and in the economic well-being of the regions in which they are located."
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