A £1.6 billion contract has been awarded to ‘Team Resolute’ to manufacture the vessels providing munitions, stores and provisions to the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates.
With Navantia UK as prime contractor, the team comprising also Harland&Wolff and BMT will supply three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
With 216 metres long and more than 39.000 displacement tonnes, FSS will be the biggest ships built by Navantia.
The majority of the blocks and modules for the ships will be constructed at Harland & Wolff’s facilities in Belfast and Appledore. Build work will also take place at Navantia’s shipyard in Cadiz in Spain, with the final assembly for all three to be completed at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast yard.
Navantia will support, mentor, and transfer its knowledge, skills and Shipyard 5.0 technologies to its partners. Therefore, the programme will contribute significant social and economic value to the UK, boosting local shipbuilding and developing a solid local supply chain.