- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - BAE Systems has laid off 160 workers at its Norfolk shipyard in the second round of job cuts.

The company says Wednesday’s layoffs, along with the first round of layoffs in November and voluntary departures, cut the shipyard’s employment by about 400 jobs. The shipyard now employs about 1,080 workers.

BAE Systems had announced in September that it would lay off about 650 workers, citing a decrease in repair work for the Navy. The company said Wednesday in a news release that the shipyard’s workload has improved in the short term, thanks to efforts between it and the Navy.

But the company says sustaining the ship repair industry in Norfolk will require additional work.

BAE Systems provides ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the Navy and other customers.

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