French shipbuilder Naval Group has offered four Frégate de défense et d’intervention (FDI) vessels, three of which will be built in Greece, and a gap filler solution of two current frigates available in early 2022 for the Hellenic Navy’s frigate acquisition programme. The offer also includes plans for the modernisation of the Greek MEKO frigates.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has today launched a £1.6bn competition to acquire three new Fleet Solid Support ships that will keep the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers stocked with supplies while at sea.
A recent release from the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has said the UK will retire its troubled Crowsnest Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system, which has only just entered initial service, before the end of the decade.
Soon the UK’s new Carrier Strike Group will head to the Indo-Pacific on its first operational deployment. Harry Lye finds out more about the UK’s return to east of Suez, the regeneration of the carrier capability and how the deployment could affect the balance of power in the South China Sea.
Designed from the base of an FSG 4100 Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) vessel, Prevail Partner’s Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) design formed the catalyst for the UK’s Littoral Strike Ship concept first announced in February 2019. Since then, Prevail has refined the design, developing an extended MRV that would have added refuelling capabilities.