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National Flagship: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 41635, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the vessel design of the new Royal Yacht will be required to reflect Britannia’s style and appointment.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

17 September 2021

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and will not therefore be a Royal Yacht. The design criteria against which bids will be assessed will be communicated to bidders in due course as part of the Design competition tender documentation. A wide pool of designers are being taken forward to this next stage of the competition. It would be inappropriate to place this information in the public domain ahead of its disclosure as part of the commercial process. As the National Flagship, the design of the ship must encompass innovative proposals which incorporate the most up to date and sustainable technology, reflecting the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and showcasing the best of what Britain has to offer.

It is the intention of the Government that the National Flagship will be built in the UK to help contribute to the renaissance in the British shipbuilding industry.