Jobs boost ahead for Swansea during work on warship
UP to 25 jobs will be created when a Royal Navy frigate is dismantled in Swansea.
HMS Cornwall is due to arrive at city-based Swansea Drydocks Ltd this autumn, as reported previously in the Post.
The company has since confirmed the contract will result in an estimated 20 to 25 jobs. The project is due for completion in early 2014.
While the jobs have been welcomed, there have been calls for more apprentice and permanent positions at the ship repair and recycling firm.
But bosses at Swansea Drydocks have been busting a gut to land contracts in a tough market and have indicated that generating a consistent stream of work was the absolute priority.
Joe Hale, ward councillor for the area, said: "I am always pleased when we have any sort of job creation. We need long-term, sustainable jobs.
"I will be interested in how many apprentices are working at the dry docks. The future of our local economy is quality jobs."
Ward colleague, councillor Clive Lloyd, concurred. "They need to be full-time (jobs) contracts, with proper terms and conditions," he said.
But Mr Lloyd acknowledged that Swansea Drydocks had to try to create steady work for itself.
The imminent demise of HMS Cornwall, a 5,300-tonne Type 22 frigate built in 1985 and commissioned at Falmouth in 1988 by Diana, Princess of Wales, has been lamented by Donald Griffiths, Carmarthen branch secretary of the Royal Naval Association.
"The decimation of the Navy, and Armed Forces in general, is a dangerous thing," said Mr Griffiths.
"If there was a programme of replacement, then fair enough."
Asked if he felt as many warships were needed these days given the changing face of war, he replied: "I think they are a necessity because they give a presence. There is that element of power."