BMT has signed a sub-contract with Navantia UK to officially formalise its contribution for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) future Fleet Solid Support (FSS) programme.

The sub-contract has been awarded after British-led consortium, called Team Resolute, was recently chosen for the production and delivery of FSS vessels to the RN under a £1.6bn contract.

The team includes Navantia UK, BMT and Harland & Wolff.

As part of the new award, BMT will work to provide critical design for the FSS programme, which includes the construction of a total of three FSS vessels for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

The company will also deliver safety and environmental case reports for the three 216m long future ships and support the UK Ministry of Defence in the vessels’ security accreditation.

The efforts will further ensure that the three vessels can operate safely, efficiently, securely and in line with the environmental needs.

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Additional terms of contract require BMT to provide associated through life support services and training support for the ships.

BMT chief executive Sarah Kenny said: “We have a long and successful design partnership with the RN and its legacy carrier strike programmes.

“Now we look forward to working closely and seamlessly with our partners in Team Resolute to integrate the design aspects into FSS and ensure smooth production flows as we work towards production starting in 2025 and the vessels entering service by 2032.”

BMT’s participation in the programme is expected to boost the UK’s shipbuilding industry, aligning with the ‘National Ship Building Strategy Refresh’ initiatives, by creating nearly 120 jobs over eight years.

This work will also see additional potential subcontracts, worth £5m, for the small and mid-size enterprises from across the country.