Workers at RAF Hythe are preparing to say farewell to their workplace & jobs tommorow. The US Army is quitting the 11 acre shipyard after 40 years and will hand the keys back to the MOD. The base which services and repairs watercraft, contributes an estimated Â£4.5m to the UK economy. Work halted last month after three partly-rebuilt tugboats were towed across the Atlantic to be completed in the U.S. Southampton's Mayor will be among the dignitaries attending the casing of the colours closing ceremony on Friday. A U.S Army spokeswoman said it was part of the U.S Defense departments global repositioning strategy. New Forest East MP Dr Julian Lewis & the workers lobbied intensivly to keep the base open.