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UK selects Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT team for support ships

16th November 2022 - 16:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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An artist's impression of the future Fleet Solid Support Ship that will keep RN surface combatants stocked with supplies while at sea. (Photo: Team Resolute)

New ships will take shape in Belfast once again following a decision by the UK MoD to choose Team Resolute to build the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's (RFA's) Fleet Solid Support ships.

The UK MoD has chosen Team Resolute – comprising Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT – as its preferred bidder for a £1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) project to build three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships.

The decision represents a long-awaited conclusion to a programme vital for future UK Carrier Strike Group operations.

Navantia UK, a subsidiary of the Spanish shipbuilder, is prime contractor for the programme that will see finished ships assembled at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard. The decision is a boon for Harland & Wolff, which only this year won its first defence contract to refurbish an

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