Global Leader.

Cammell Laird is a global leader in the maritime defence sector.

Our defence division provides ship building, ship repair, conversion and fabrications services to the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, overseas navies and tier one supply chain.

Cammell Laird Defence enables customers to benefit from our commercial expertise, agile delivery and collaborative approach.

Our defence division draws upon our location, infrastructure, facilities and skilled workforce, which includes project management, specialist engineering capabilities, design services and specialist fabricators.

Our agile, commercial approach yields significant financial savings for our defence customers with projects being completed on time and to budget.

  • In-Service Support (ISS) of warships and auxiliaries in the UK and overseas.
  • Ship repair, refit and conversion,
  • Reactivation and conversion of warships and auxiliaries.
  • Block build of warships, auxiliaries and submarines.


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Supported Vessels in 40 Different Countries

Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales Aircraft Carriers

Cammell Laird successfully delivered block-build units for both the Queen Elizabeth II and her sister ship the Price of Wales aircraft carriers for BAE Systems.

The Queen Elizabeth class, at 280 meters in length, are the largest ships ever built for the UK Royal Navy. The warships are the only aircraft carriers in the world specifically built to carry the F35 airframe and are also the first to incorporate a twin-island design, which separates command of the ship from flying operations and increases survivability.

At a cost of £3 billion each, the carriers weigh approximately 65,000 tonnes and are designed to be the Royal Navy’s flagship vessels for the next 50 years.

The complex build of each vessel consisted of a number of completed large modules which were assembled in the Firth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard. The construction of the modules was distributed across BAE Systems Surface Ships in Glasgow, Babcock in Appledore, Babcock in Rosyth, A&P Tyne in Hebburn, BAE in Portsmouth and Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.

Cammell Laird was contracted to fabricate 15 flight deck modules in total:

  • Nine modules for Queen Elizabeth consisting of the forward five modules and the four aft modules of the flight deck
  • Six Modules for Prince of Wales consisting of the forward two modules and the four aft modules.

The modules were built over a five-year period from 2010 to 2015.

Type 26 Frigates

Cammell Laird and A&P Group have been awarded contracts by BAE Systems to build units for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates.

The advanced anti-submarine warfare vessels are being constructed at BAE Systems’ site in Govan, Scotland, but will incorporate units built by both A&P and Cammell Laird.

Cammell Laird - which operates one of the largest construction halls in Europe - is building units for Ship No4, HMS Birmingham, it will also be joining all of these units together.

It marks the latest milestone in a hugely productive history of collaboration with BAE Systems, having previously supported the build of the Astute and Dreadnought Class Submarines, manufactured substantial parts of Her Majesty’s QEC Class Aircraft Carriers and delivered the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP).

The Type 26 Frigates are designed for anti-submarine warfare and will replace the Type 23, with the first due to enter service later this decade.

Apprentices from both A&P and Cammell Laird have also been working on the project, a point of pride for everyone involved.

Construction of the Astute Class

Cammell Laird successfully delivered the block-build units for boats four, five, six and seven of the new Astute Class for BAE Systems, which will equip the UK Royal Navy with its largest and most powerful fleet of attack submarines.

Each of the seven new Astute Class nuclear-powered submarines weigh approximately 17,200 tonnes and provide the Royal Navy with enhanced capabilities in terms of power, weapons load, communication facilities and stealth.

Cammell Laird was contracted to fabricate and assemble casing units 1,2,3 and 5 for boat 4 which cover the top of the pressure hull and the following modules and items for boats five, six and seven.

Each of the Astute Class units were built in general ship-wise orientation and required plate and section cutting as well as sub assembly of plates and associated stiffening on Cammell Laird’s dedicated and extensive pre-fabrication shop floor.

The project was delivered over a five-year programme and was a major feat in complex fabrication and construction, which drew upon Cammell Laird’s extensive team of welders, platers, fabricators, engineers and project managers.

In Service Support

Cammell Laird’s Cluster Support Team (CST) has supported the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet whilst at home and in operational theatre across the Globe since 2008.

Operating in a dedicated CST office on the banks of the River Mersey, Cammell Laird and RFA staff work side by side, to support the flotilla.

Together we have maintained the highest level of vessel availability and increased real efficiencies in Fleet time.

Our low cost, collaborative approach has resulted in a 98 per cent on time delivery record for the MoD.

Cammell Laird has supported nine of the 13 vessel strong RFA fleet in total which includes the Fort-class, replenishment ships, the Wave-class tankers and new Tide-class tankers.

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