Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin Harriet Baldwin has announced that HMS Queen Elizabeth will arrive in Portsmouth in the coming weeks.
We asked a contact what they were told would be the most likely date:
“17th-19th of this month with Friday 18th being most likely. Obviously subject to change, weather, breakdowns, tides etc, but the tidal conditions and time frame is when best suits the RN/BAE best… currently”
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said:
“The route is clear for the Navy’s largest and most powerful ship to dock at its home in Portsmouth, but even ships as impressive as our magnificent new aircraft carriers need nuts and bolts to keep them running smoothly. This new contract will provide all the supplies our ships and personnel require to be effective on operations.
This also brings the previous contract under one deal, delivering improved efficiencies and highlighting how we are being smarter about support. These efficiencies are ensuring that our £178 million Defence equipment plan is going towards the state-of-the-art kit our Armed Forces deserve.”
— Steve Humphrey (@stevehumphreytv) August 1, 2017
The minister is referring to a new contract announced yesterday at the same time as the news of HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving in Portsmouth. The contract is estimated to be worth around £107 million over the next seven years, during which time it is expected to deliver around a million individual items to all current and future Royal Navy vessels.
All items being supplied – including electrical cable, straps, small valves, bearings, gaskets, pipes, pistons, pumps, motors and electrical components – are ‘consumable’ in that they are impractical or impossible to repair.
— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) August 1, 2017