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Vosper Thornycroft

Vosper Thornycroft is to relocate its group headquarters to Hedge End next month, as part of the company reorganisation that will see the closure of its Woolston shipyard and the transfer of production to Portsmouth.

Vosper Thornycroft has acquired TUV FM, the Fareham-based supplier of support services to the Ministry of Defence, for £3.5m.

Vosper Thornycroft is to acquire Merlin Communications, the communications facilities management company, for £95m.

Vosper Thornycroft is to acquire Griffin Services, the provider of facilities management and logistics services to the US military, for £20m.

Vosper Thornycroft is to acquire RTK Marine, the Poole-based boat supplier, for about £4m.

Vosper Thornycroft is to acquire Hospitality Plus, the provider of training services to the hospitality and other service sectors, for £10m.

Vosper Thornycroft has won a £60m contract to build three new Royal Navy offshore patrol craft, which will secure the future of 450 jobs at its Southampton shipyard.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning to relocate its shipyard and up to 1,200 workers from Woolston near Southampton to the Portsmouth naval dockyard, where it will build Royal Navy destroyers.

Vosper Thornycroft and BAe Systems have won orders worth £1bn to build three warships for the Ministry of Defence, which should secure more than 5,000 jobs at shipyards on the Clyde and in Hampshire.

Vosper Thornycroft has acquired Bombardier Defence Services UK from Bombardier of Canada for £30m, in order to expand its support services business.

Vosper Thornycroft has won a £200m contract to supply three 62-metre ships to the Greek navy, and will build the vessels in Greece in partnership with Elefsis.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning a £1m upgrade of its boatyard facilities in Dartmouth, which could create about 40 jobs.

Vosper Thornycroft has won a £180m contract to provide two new firefighting training facilities in Plymouth and Portsmouth for the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning to rebuild a dry dock at Dartmouth Naval College's Sandquay base, doubling the size of craft that can be repaired there, and the workforce is expected to rise by about 50.

Vosper Thornycroft has acquired TSS, the Oxfordshire-based maker of electronic instruments for the marine survey market, for £11m.

Vosper Thornycroft is acquiring Brisco Engineering, the Great Yarmouth-based manufacturer of marine electronics.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning to expand its Portchester shipyard over the next two years, and the workforce will rise from 50 to 300 as it relocates Halmatic from Southampton and Vosper Thornycroft Controls from Cosham.