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Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL6554, tabled on 3 April 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the procurement of the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary Solid Support Ships, what consideration they have given to the recommendation by Sir John Parker in his Independent Report to inform the National Shipbuilding Strategy that the UK should block-build military ships; and whether they plan to implement this recommendation.

Answered on

18 April 2017

We are considering Sir John's recommendations on block-building, which he described as the virtual shipbuilding model, along with the other recommendations in his report.

The Ministry of Defence has not prescribed a build strategy for the Fleet Solid Support ships and it will be for potential bidders to consider how the construction of the ships might be optimised.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy is intended to lay the foundation for a modern and efficient sector capable of meeting the country's future defence and security needs. This will be published in the spring.