Contracts have been awarded to four consortia, all of which include significant UK involvement, to develop their bids to build three new Fleet Solid Support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy.
The award of the Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contracts, each initially worth around £5 m, means the Fleet Solid Support competition has successfully moved to the next stage.
The contracts, negotiated with industry by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the procurement organisation for the UK Ministry of Defence, deliver on the UK Government’s promise to progress the design and build of the FSS ships to support the Royal Navy’s Carrier Task Groups. The final manufacture contract will be awarded to a UK company acting either solely or as part of a consortium.
The four consortia awarded CPP contracts are (in alphabetical order):
-Larsen & Toubro, which includes UK company Leidos Innovations.
-Serco /Damen, which includes UK company Serco.
-Team Resolute, which includes UK companies Harland & Wolff and BMT.
-Team UK, which includes UK companies Babcock International Group and BAE Systems.