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The Friends of HMS Vengeance intend to promote future generations interest in our joint heritage by providing an Business partnership which will provide a foundation both for business and heritage preservation. 

Andrew Goldman
Corporate Communications
Western Road, Bracknell
Berkshire, RG12 1RG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1344 388000
Fax: +44 (0)1344 388090
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HMS Vengeance and Thales Business Partnership 

The Vengeance Campaign to date is all about partnerships and a major player in the world's aerospace, IT, electronic and defence technology industries, Thales is being invited to discuss in joining us in saving the VENGEANCE and hopefully assisting in the Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum venture. 

Thales, the international defence and electronics company which employs 12,000 people in the UK and 65,000 people worldwide opened its new UK Headquarters in Weybridge, Surrey and a new London Office in St. James Square in April 2002. Thales Plc's (formerly Thomson Racal Defence) activities in the UK encompass Aerospace, Defence and Information Technologies and Services.  The Thales Group is one of the world's leading professional electronics companies with a wide customer base across a diverse range of competences in three main business areas: Defence, Aerospace, and Information Technology & Services. Representing around 55% of Thales's UK business, Thales Defence will play a major role in the defence and aerospace
landscape worldwide, and continue in its role as established Prime Contractor and the UKs second largest supplier of defence electronics systems.

The most ambitious programme, and cornerstone of the Royal Navy's power projection force in  the future, is the future aircraft carrier, Carrier Vertical & Fixed-Wing (CVF) project. At 40-50,000 tonnes, the two new carriers will be twice the size of the existing Invincible-class carriers, and twice the size of the former HMS Vengeance. A team led by Thales with Raytheon, BMT and Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems has been awarded contracts by the MoD defence procurement executive to study the three alternative configurations - CTOL, STOVL and STOBAR - and key ship technologies. The prime contractor selection will be made in 2004 with an in-service date of 2012. The second ship should enter service in 2015.

The Vengeance Friends wish to strengthen the link with the CVF project and provide opportunities for the Aerospace and Naval shipbuilding industries to promote their developments on this historic aircraft carrier. 

UK Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

Benefits to Companies 

  • To present a showcase centre, through trade shows and exhibitions, for marketing British naval aviation and maritime industries, awareness of the latest products and developments and practical training of the key skills requirements. 
  • Opportunities for high profile media attention.
  • Specialist facilities dedicated to trade, exhibition, conference, heritage or storage facilities, and spacious covered accommodation and extensive open area deck space for high profile media events.
  • To raise the profile of the heritage and community relations of business in order to enrich heritage and business learning. 
  • To contribute to the raising of achievement by employees through work related learning on the Vengeance. 

  • To help promote practical experience of obtaining both academic and vocational qualifications, as well as key and life skills relevant to working with business.

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