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30 Jul 15. Portsmouth Naval Base begins revamp works to house HMS Queen Elizabeth. The UK Royal Navy’s Portsmouth Naval Base has commenced work to revamp facilities in the base in order to receive the navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A total of £100m will be invested in the base and harbour to accommodate the vessel in early 2017. Portsmouth Naval Base infrastructure head captain Iain Greenlees said, “This is a huge project, and a very exciting one, refurbishing and rebuilding jetties, bringing in new power facilities, installing navigation beacons, dredging millions of tonnes of mud. With £34m investment, the 18-month long work will see improvements to the 90-year-old structure at Middle Slip Jetty. In addition, the modern Victory Jetty will be enhanced to host both Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carriers in port simultaneously. Construction firm VolkerStevin will install hundreds of tonnes of steel and concrete poured to replace or enhance the existing jetty.
The dredging works, which is expected to begin in December, will deepen the main channel, used by shipping, by one metre. The project also includes the installation of new communications cables, a high-voltage electrical supply, and improved fresh water piping, among others. (Source: naval-technology.com)
29 Jul 15. Boeing [NYSE: BA] broke ground on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees. The new structure, the third in Boeing’s existing campus, will open in summer 2016 and house employees working in engineering, research and development laboratories, and some support staff. During the groundbreaking ceremony Global Services & Support (GS&S) President Leanne Caret announced that headquarters for GS&S’ Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment (AM&S) division would move to Oklahoma City in the months ahead. This decision transfers approximately a dozen senior management positions to Oklahoma City and reflects the site’s importance to the company.
“We see a bright horizon for the aircraft sustainment business because of the highly trained and motivated workforce we have in Oklahoma City,” said Caret. “Expanding our presence and bringing AM&S headquarters here continues a trend of combining Oklahoma’s home-grown talent with the best of the enterprise to support some of our customers’ most critical missions.”
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin participated in the event and described its importance. “Business growth is critical for both Oklahoma and Boeing. Your decision to place key leadership positions here underscores the long-term nature of our partnership. Today’s announcement will help solidify our position as a premiere destination for the aerospace industry,” said Gov. Fallin.
Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment provides support and modernization services for U.S. and coalition lift, executive transport, airborne refueling, airborne command and control, and global strike capabilities. This includes commercial derivative aircraft, airborne early warning and control platforms, C-17 Globemaster III maintenance, tanker maintenance and support, and bomber/weapons modernization and logistics.
27 Jul 15. Hayward Miller, which specialises particularly in helping SMEs to grow both their sales and their people, has moved into the Keystone Innovation Centre in Croxton Road, Thetford. The new base will become home to Hayward Miller’s management, administration and growing training activities, the latter of which will use the Centre’s fully equipped conference and meeting room facilities. The company is best known for its work in aerospace and defence, engineering an