The UK government has officially launched the national flagship project and is now seeking UK designers and shipbuilders to construct the vessel.
The competition inviting bids was launched on July 28 at an industry event at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. It comes after the project was first announced in May 2021.
Setting out the timetable of the project, defence secretary Ben Wallace revealed that the tender will run until the end of October, with winners announced in December 2021.
Construction, which Wallace said will take place at a British yard, will begin “as early as next year” with the “ship in the water by 2024 or 2025”