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Between 5-9 June, a major programme of events in Portsmouth formed the focal point of the UK's commemorations. A service as part of a national event on 5 June gave thanks for those that put their lives at risk serving their country and acknowledged the sacrifice made by so many during the war. It was followed by a series of public events, marking Portsmouth's role in the operation. BAE Systems is proud to have sponsored and supported these events.
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A proud heritage

“It's a real privilege to share in the recognition of the brave men and women who gave so much to protect our country and help liberate Europe,” said Glynn Phillips, Group Managing Director (Acting) for Maritime and Land UK.

“BAE Systems has a long history supporting the UK’s armed forces, stretching back to D-Day, the Second World War and beyond. We are committed to serving those who serve and protect us and that is a source of great pride to everyone who works at BAE Systems.”

Many of the companies so vital to the design and manufacture of air, land and sea craft at the time of the D-Day landings became part of the company that is today known as BAE Systems.
The family tree includes:
  •  Supermarine, the seaplane manufacturer which turned its attention to building the iconic Spitfire aircraft at Eastleigh Airport.
  •  Vosper Thornycroft, which designed and built landing craft assault vessels at Woolston, Southampton.
  •  Airspeed, the company which built the Horsa glider at Portsmouth Airport.
  •  Armstrong Whitworth, the Tyneside shipbuilder which built battleship HMS Nelson between the two World Wars.
  •  Hawker, manufacturer of the Hurricane and Typhoon aircraft which were used for ground attack duties.
  •  The former Royal Ordnance factories around the UK where ammunition was manufactured.
Today BAE Systems is entrusted with the responsibility to deliver some of the UK’s most complex and high profile defence programmes.

These include the Type 26 frigates, Astute and Dreadnought Class submarines and the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, whose home is in Portsmouth, where we support more than half the Royal Navy’s surface fleet as well as managing the naval base.
Portsmouth Naval Base played a vital part in the D-Day landings. Many of the specialist ships used on D-Day had been modified at the dockyard. It was also an embarkation point for troops stationed on the base and at Whale Island.  The Naval Base is still as important today as the home of the Royal Navy and base port for ships including the Type 45 Destroyers, Hunter Class Minehunters and Type 23 Frigates, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.


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