Bidders for Fleet Solid Support ships selected
The UK Ministry of Defence has selected four shipbuilding firms and a British consortium to compete for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract.
The Fleet Solid Support ships will deliver ammunition, food and supplies to UK forces across the globe, working alongside Royal Navy vessels as part of the UK Maritime Task Group.
A British consortium, which includes Babcock , BAE Systems, Cammell Laird and Rolls-Royce, will submit a bid for the contract. Four other companies - Fincantieri, Navantia, Japan’s Marine United Corporation, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of South Korea - will also submit tenders for the competition, before a final decision is made regarding the contract in 2020.
The Fleet Solid Support ships will enter service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2026. The vessels will be civilian-manned and carry self-defence weapons only.
Stuart Andrew, Defence Minister, UK, said: ‘These support ships will be vital for supporting our formidable Queen Elizabeth class carriers and will ensure our warships can deploy in a range of challenging environments and across huge distances, wherever they are in the world.’
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