Marcus Fysh MP visited the Ocean House site of Thales, looking at the underwater and maritime side of the company on Friday 13 May.
The Member of Parliament for Yeovil, visited the Templecombe site to gain a greater understanding of the Maritime operations carried out by Thales, he will also be visiting Crawley to look at their Defence operations later in the year.
Mr Fysh’s visit to Thales was part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship through which he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the defence sector.
During the visit, Mr Fysh was given a tour of the facilities by Phil Jones, MD Maritime Mission System, as well as an overview of the Templecombe site functions and their role in the wider work of Thales in the UK. The visit also allowed Mr Fysh to understand more about the current challenges facing the maritime industry, from territorial disputes to Sea-robbery and piracy.
Commenting on the visit Marcus Fysh MP said:
“I have had a wonderful time with Thales today; I would like to thank all the staff for making today such a success. The Templecombe site employs many of my constituents, and it is great to see first-hand the work they are doing to continue to employ highly-skilled workers from my constituency”
Phil Jones, MD Maritime Mission Systems from Thales Added:
“It was our pleasure to host Marcus; he took a keen interest in our operations and was well informed about many aspects of our operations leading to a good discussion of the issues. I hope he enjoys visiting our other sites in the future.”