Fresh doubts cast over new Scottish-built aircraft carriers

A REPORT into the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has raised doubts over whether two new aircraft carriers will be built.

The Titan crane: a true giant of Clydebank shipbuilding

It survived the bombs of the Second World War and enabled the construction of some of the world's most famous ships. Ahead of the opening of an education centre in its honour, our reporter traces the history of Clydebank shipbuilding and the structure that made it possible, the Titan crane

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Duncan launch to mark the end of era on Clyde

The time-honoured tradition of Clyde-built ships sliding down the slipway to the cheers of the workers who toiled over them could be witnessed for the last time when a Type 45 destroyer splashes into the river on Monday.

Job loss fears as coalition threaten carriers

THE government is considering scrapping the proposed new aircraft carriers, putting the future of shipbuilding in Scotland on the line, the chief executive of one of Britain's biggest defence companies has warned.

'Shared carriers' spark shipbuilding fears

SNP politicians are seeking assurances about 4,000 Scottish shipbuilding jobs after it emerged that defence chiefs are looking at plans to share the use of aircraft carriers with France.

Aircraft carrier contracts worth £33m come north

BUSINESSES in Scotland have won contracts worth almost £33.2 million for work on the UK's biggest aircraft carriers.

Navy greets Clyde-built destroyer with special 'christening'

A CLYDE-BUILT destroyer was welcomed into the Royal Navy fleet at a special "christening" ceremony held yesterday.

Clyde's ship comes in with new £127m contract

ENGINEERING jobs on the Clyde received a major boost yesterday as work on the next generation of warships was unveiled.

Fox signals backing for £5bn Clyde navy ships

LIAM Fox has given his strongest signal yet that a Conservative UK government would commit itself to the two gigantic aircraft carriers being built on the Clyde.

Reliving 300 years of shipbuilding history

IT WAS the first shipbuilding company not only in Scotland but the world.

Ferguson Shipbuilders wins £3.2m refit contract

FERGUSON Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow has won a £3.2 million contract to refit and refurbish an offshore accommodation vessel.

Scots firms secure £200m of navy contracts

SCOTTISH firms have won defence contracts worth nearly £200 million, as the government moves to quash fears that planned super aircraft carriers could be axed.

Banking likened to shipbuilding's loss

BRITAIN'S bonus crackdown on banks could push the sector into a "shipbuilding"-like decline, the head of the UK's banking trade group warned yesterday.

Workers wave farewell to warship

A NEW £600 million Royal Navy warship left the Clyde for the last time yesterday, with workers from the BAE Systems yards at Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow turning out to wave off Dauntless, a type 45 destroyer.

Defence and thousands of jobs in Tory firing line

THE £4 billion contract to build two aircraft carriers might come under threat if the Conservatives win the next election, the shadow chancellor suggested yesterday, putting thousands of Scottish jobs at risk.

The Waverley steamer: Paddle into the past

It's 9:45 in the morning and the Waverley has yet to weigh anchor at Glasgow's Plantation Quay. Some passengers are clutching plastic pints of lager and measures of gin and tonic. The intention is not to get plastered. Rather, the drinking is ceremonial; a toast to the voyage ahead and a relinquishing of responsibility while someone else takes the helm.

15-year MoD deal to secure thousands of shipyard jobs

THE Ministry of Defence has announced a 15-year deal worth £3.5 billion that should safeguard thousands of shipbuilding jobs and result in 18 new frigates being built on the Clyde.

Annabel Goldie MSP: Shipbuilding is a national industry, not a Nationalist one

THIS week sees the opening of another Scottish shipbuilding chapter with the beginning of the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth II, one of two aircraft carriers that are to be built in Scotland in the next few years.

Clyde shipbuilders given vote of confidence

The head of the Royal Navy said today that the British shipbuilding industry has a "great future" as construction began on the UK's most powerful surface warships to date.

Murphy says new deal will keep Clyde working for next 15 years

AN AGREEMENT to be signed within weeks will help ensure defence work for the Clyde for the next 15 years, Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has claimed.

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