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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Unfinished ship arrives on Clyde
The Lyme Bay being towed up the Clyde
The ship will be completed at a yard on the Clyde
An unfinished ship which was being built on the Tyne has arrived on Clydeside to be completed.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessel Lyme Bay should have been finished at the Swan Hunter yard in Newcastle.

However, the Ministry of Defence pulled the contract after work went over budget and fell behind schedule.

The vessel arrived at BAE Systems' Scotstoun yard at 1130 BST on Saturday. It will be inspected then moved to the sister yard at Govan for completion.

The Lyme Bay's sister ship, the Cardigan Bay, was built at Govan and is due to be handed over to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary next month.

The original plan had been to build two of the vessels on the Clyde and two on the Tyne.

About 300 jobs are to go on Tyneside, but BAE said the extra work would not mean new jobs at Govan.

BAE Systems Naval Ships managing director Vic Emery said: "These ships will provide the Royal Fleet Auxiliary with a capability far beyond what they have today.

"We are committed to delivering that capability in a timely and efficient manner."


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