United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys;
Location of affected unit(s)
St Athan
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

340 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 November 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2010
Foreseen end date
1 January 2013


The Defense Support Group has announced plans to close its military aircraft maintenance base in South Wales resulting in the loss of 340 jobs. The move is blamed on a decreased contract activity by 70% following the end of a contract to maintain the ageing VC10 aircraft. The Ministry of Defence has begun consultation with the unions and it is hoped the jobs could be lost through voluntary redundancies. However, compulsory job losses are not be ruled out. 200 jobs will go within the next year and the rest by June 2013.


  • 30 November 2009: BBC News


Eurofound (2009), Defense Support Group, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 69968, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69968.