Navantia has said that UK shipbuilders could still play a part in the construction of the UK’s new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships if the Spanish shipbuilder wins the GBP1.5 billion (USD1.8 billion) contract.
Up to three FSS ships are planned to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA’s) ageing solid support ships RFA Fort Austin , RFA Fort Rosalie, and RFA Fort Victoria . The new solid support capability is primarily required to deliver ammunition and stores at the necessary tempo and volume to support future carrier-based Maritime Task Groups.
Navantia has teamed with UK-based ship design and systems engineering house BMT to bid for the FSS contract.
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