Babcock is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities.
We focus on three highly regulated markets – defence, emergency services and civil nuclear – delivering vital services and managing complex assets in the UK and internationally. We are a trusted partner who understands the key roles that our technology, our expertise, our infrastructure and our assets play in ensuring our customers can deliver. We share risk with them in delivering innovation, and we share the benefits.
Babcock is a key partner in the South West Institute of Technology. We are committed to developing technical knowledge, skills and careers in the region.
Babcock International's Devonport Royal Dockyard facility is co-located with HM Naval Base Devonport to form the largest naval support site in Western Europe.
Working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence at Devonport, Babcock provides through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment as part of our continuing commitment to support our nation’s naval capability.
Devonport is a busy operational, training and support base for both submarines and surface ships including visiting international naval vessels. The Base is the home port for all ships in the Royal Navy (RN) amphibious fleet, half of the RN frigate fleet and a number of RN submarines and survey vessels. Devonport is also home to Royal Navy Sea Training (FOST) and Royal Marine Commando and its craft.
Babcock’s facilities at Devonport include the UK’s sole licensed site for the refitting and refuel/defuel of nuclear-powered submarines, where Trafalgar and Vanguard-Class submarines undergo major refits and upgrades.
Babcock also has docks, including a dedicated, covered Frigate Support Centre, where we maintain, refit, convert and modernise sophisticated modern surface warships. Complex systems are removed, overhauled, tested and installed with the support of on-site workshops. As well as planned major refit and modernisation projects, that take vessels out of service, we provide considerable in-service engineering maintenance support including a rapid reaction team to deal with issues that may arise on operational warships anywhere in the world.
Babcock provides a complete, value for money, Naval Base Management service to support all activities on the site: from the provision of all waterfront services, through the management of extensive above and below ground infrastructure and plant, to the control and supply of utilities and logistics. This involves the operation, maintenance and renewal of both historic and modern highly complex systems and infrastructure to the highest modern standards and regulatory control.
We need the best technical skills in the country to complement the essential drive and aspiration to deliver complex engineering services. We have evolving business requirements that require the latest equipment and training. Being part of the South West Institute of Technology allows us to shape the technical skills of the future and ensure that the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists have the right experience and knowledge to support the UK.