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BAE Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom

BAe Systems Govan yard was bought over from the Norwegian Kvaerner Group who decided in the late 1990s to pull out of shipbuilding. The yard is the descendant of the Fairfield shipyard founded by Elder in 1886 and which spectacularly collapsed and was saved from closure in 1965.

It then became the Govan Division of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders about 1968 and when that collapsed became Govan Shipbuilders in 1973. Kvaerner took over in 1989.

Amongst the most noteworthy ships built at the yard over the years have been EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND, JEANIE DEANS, HMS HOWE, EMPRESS OF BRITAIN, OXFORDSHIRE and in recent times SEA LAUNCH COMMANDER a rocket launch command vessel.

It's now the main yard for the Type 45 destroyers and will build sections for the aircraft carriers QUEEN ELIZABETH and PRINCE OF WALES,


With thanks to Paul Strathdee
RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) 3 pictures of Bay Class ALSL RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) at Falmouth, Cornwall on 28th August 2006. The s...
RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) at Falmouth 3 pictures of Bay Class ALSL RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) at Falmouth, Cornwall on 28th August 2006.The sh...
Photo of RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) 3 pictures of Bay Class ALSL RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) at Falmouth, Cornwall on 28th August 2006.The sh...
HMS DAUNTLESS on trials The second of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers on trials in June 2009 taken outbound from Erskine...
HMS DEFENDER launch The penultimate Type 45 destroyer at her launch by BAe/BVT at the Govan yard in Glasgow on 21 Octobe...
H.M.S. DARING Destroyer HMS Daring (D32) sailing in Portsmouth on sea trials.
R.F.A. MOUNTS BAY RFA Mounts Bay at Portsmouth Dockyard, 27/6/09 See picture #4496 for more info
HMS DRAGON- wet but happy The fourth Type 45 for the RN was launched at what is now BVT's yard at Govan on 17th November 2008....
HMS DRAGON D35 Launch At the BAe Systems/BVT Govan Yard in Glasgow in November 2008. Posing as it were before being taken ...
CARDIGAN BAY Royal Fleet Auxiliary amphibious landing vessel on the building berth at the BAe Systems yard in Gla...
CARDIGAN BAY RFA leaving Glasgow on trials in August 2006. She was built by BAe Systems at their Govan yard. Her ...
Photo of the CARDIGAN BAY Stern shot showing the dock area which is flooded to allow landing craft, etc to enter. See picture...

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