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11 May 16. UK DIO awards RAF Mount Pleasant complex refurbish contract. The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded an infrastructure contract to Trant Engineering for upgrades at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Mount Pleasant complex on the Falkland Islands.
The move forms part of UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s plans to invest £180m in the modernisation of military infrastructure on the Islands over the next decade.
Fallon said: “The upgrading of these facilities is an important part of our major investment plan to deliver better infrastructure for our armed forces.
“Alongside our recent contract to improve Mare harbour, we are boosting our defensive capability and supporting the Islands.”
Valued at £55.7m, the contract requires Trant Engineering to upgrade the power station, boiler house and district heating system at the Mount Pleasant complex.
The upgrade will ensure that the facilities continue to provide a safe and reliable means of supplying electrical power and hot water for many years to come.
Nearly 1,200 military and civilian personnel are based in the Falklands supporting defensive air, naval and land assets, including RAF Typhoon aircraft, helicopters, Royal Navy patrol vessels and an army infantry company.
Trant Engineering international managing director Simon Trant said: “The contract award follows a rigorous and exacting selection process.
“We look forward to delivering efficient, integrated and innovative improvements and working with partners in our trademark collaborative manner.
“We have been working on various infrastructure projects on the Falkland Islands and are operationally familiar with the environment.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
04 May 16. The BAE Systems Skills Development Centre has been officially reopened at Portsmouth Naval Base following a £2.4m investment to extend and modernise the facility. Work started on the site at the beginning of last year and the re-opening was marked by the Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, Royal Navy.
The upgraded facility will provide on-site training to existing employees at Portsmouth Naval Base as well as apprentices, reaffirming BAE Systems’ commitment to nurturing talent and high-end skills.
More than 4,000 employees will be trained at the Skills Development Centre over the next five years to maintain and develop their skills to support the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which are due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017.Revamped and refreshed, the centre features modern classroom facilities and workstations that replicate elements of a warship, allowing employees to train in a safe and realistic environment.
While the majority of the upgrade work was undertaken by local contractors, BAE Systems apprentices used the opportunity to refine their welding, electrical, fabrication and mechanical skills to contribute to the new workshop areas.
As well as BAE Systems employees, the centre will also be available for Royal Navy personnel.
The centre also has a specific area dedicated for work experience, with more than 70 placements to be accommodated providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with engineering and technical problem solving.
Mike Howarth, Managing Director at BAE Systems in Portsmouth, said: “As warships become more sophisticated the range of skills required across the fleet will evolve. Our investment in the Skills Development Centre will provide the Naval Base with an advanced training facility with the latest tools and technology. This will enhance the specialist skills of our core staff and future apprentices and the Royal Navy.”