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British and Spanish collaboration under Team Resolute for new logistic ship FSS program of British Navy


According to news published on the official website of British Company BMT, on May 27, 2020, Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has formed a joint venture with Northern Ireland’s Harland & Wolff to respond for the future program FSS (Fleet Solid Support) of British Navy and to build up to three logistics ships to support the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
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British and Spanish collaboration under Team Resolute for new logistic ship FSS program of British Navy 925 001 BMT has unveiled a project of a logistic ship for Fleet Solid Support program of the British navy at DSEI defense exhibition in September 2019. (Picture source the military times website)


Team Resolute combines 159 years of shipbuilding experience at one of the UK’s biggest shipyards, including the two largest dry docks in Europe, with unrivaled auxiliary design experience from UK designer BMT and a world-leading auxiliary shipbuilding track record from Navantia.

Under the name of "Team Resolute" Spanish shipyard, Navantia will work together with Harland & Wolff, a British shipbuilding collaboration that will bid for a range of contracts, including the UK Ministry of Defense’s Fleet Solid Support Program (FSS). As part of this, Harland & Wolff has signed an exclusive Teaming Agreement with Navantia, with BMT participating as an exclusive subcontractor in the FSS Program.

The British defense ministry is to restart a competition later this year to select a shipyard to build up to three logistics ships to support the British navy’s new aircraft carriers. The competition to construct up to three 40,000-tonne vessels, called the Fleet Solid Support program, was expected to have been worth as much as 1.5 billion pounds (US$1.8 billion) at the time the competition was unexpectedly stopped in November 2019.

The new ships would have a total cargo capacity of up to 7,000 m3 (250,000 cu ft), be able to travel at a sustained speed of 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) without resupply and would be capable of delivering non-bulk logistic material whilst underway and making 12 knots through the water and transferring single loads of up to 5 tones.

During DSEI, International Defense Exhibition that was held in London, September 2019, Navantia from Spain and BMT from the UK have unveiled their proposal for UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship program.