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Job losses in Scotland following UK defence cuts

Military airbase RAF Kinloss to close down and future of airbase RAF Lossiemouth uncertain as a result of the UK's budget cuts.

Military airbase RAF Kinloss to close down and future of airbase RAF Lossiemouth uncertain as a result of the UK's budget cuts.

The UK government released its Strategic Defense and Security Review, on October 19th, as part of the wider UK's budget cuts.

In Scotland, Military airbase RAF Kinloss is due to close as a result of the cancellation on the Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft which are stationed there.

The news came as a shock to people in the Moray region in the north of Scotland, whose economy is heavily dependent on Royal Air Force (RAF) airbases.

There was further disappointment after leaked documents suggested Moray's other airbase RAF Lossiemouth would be also closed down as their Tornado squadrons were going to be transferred to a base in England.

According to a report by development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Moray's airbases RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth contribute more than £150 million to the local economy annually and support 5,700 jobs, which equals to one in six jobs in the region.

On a another front, defence jobs in Scottish shipyards were spared from the cuts after the UK government confirmed it was going ahead with a £5.4 billion Royal Navy contract to build two aircraft carriers.

There had been fears the aircraft carriers would be axed as part of the budget cuts, costing thousands of jobs at shipyards on the Clyde in Glasgow and at Rosyth near Edinburgh.

The UK government eventually announced that because the conditions of the contract signed by the former Labour government it would have cost more to cancel one carrier that it would to build the vessel.

Scotland's defence industry generates an estimated £1.8 billion turnover and directly employs more than 12,000 people, with another 12,000 jobs supported indirectly.

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