To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he assesses the Fleet Solid Support Ship to be a warship.
30 June 2022
As my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence has confirmed, including on 26 April 2021 (in his statement on the deployment of the Carrier Strike Group), for the purposes of procurement the Fleet Solid Support ships are considered to be warships. This has significance in the procurement route we choose to adopt, and we are not pursuing an international competition. This does not preclude international bidders from participating if they can meet the UK’s national security requirements, for example through a close partnership with UK companies.