Not sure it's as convenient as a political decision. Nick Robinson was reporting that the scots were cheaper. Sad fact is we don't need 3 shipyards for the number of ships we build.
Portsmouth yard shut in 1960's and only reopened 10 years ago, so I think some of the 'death of shipbuilding' etc reporting is a bit OTT.
That said, awful time of year to shut anything.
what is odd is the decision to build three new ocean patrol vessels.
The river class, which they are supposed to replace are relatively new fit for purose ships.
These ships are probably the cheapest ocean going warships to build, crew and maintain.
By building these arguably not needed replacements-there is an argument that they should be augmenting the river class rather than replacing them. However by scrapping the river class and replacing them, the surviving yard gets to continue to build warships, but at minimum cost
Edited by l'angelo mysterioso, 07 November 2013 - 11:37 AM.