BAE Systems – the defence company responsible for building the Royal Navy’s most cutting-edge warships – is using its technological expertise to restore the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory. Helping to preserve the vessel for the next 10 years and beyond, the £16 million contract will see the iconic ship being overhauled from the tip of her masts, right down to the cradle in which she rests in dry dock.
Built 246 years ago, HMS Victory was witness to some of the most famous actions in British military history including the Napoleonic wars and the death of Lord Nelson.
Speaking on the announcement, BAE’s John O’Sullivan, who will project manage HMS Victory’s restoration, said that:
“This phase of restorative work is necessary to guarantee Victory’s long term future and our project team are looking forward to getting started on the job of maintaining the ship for future generations to enjoy.”