Alf Baird: Yes vote can sustain Scots shipyards
COMMENT: Scotland’s shipbuilding industry requires a focus on smaller defence ships and commercial ferries, writes Alf Baird, and it needs independence to allow it to do so.
The UK’s two aircraft carriers are now costing £6.2 billion, so just over £3 billion each. To put this into context, the £1.4bn Queensferry Crossing, Scotland’s largest transport infrastructure project, comes in at less than half the cost of a single aircraft carrier.
Despite their unbelievable cost, in terms of ship size the carriers are not really that big.