UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is set to launch a new £1bn framework to support the British Royal Navy’s growing fleet.
The reorganised support framework will be known as the Common Support Model (CSM) and is expected to help sustain the navy’s fleet of warships over several decades under a single arrangement.
The comprehensive CSM will help maintain both the Royal Navy’s newest Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and its existing warships, as well as will incorporate future vessels such as the Type 26 and Type 31e frigates into the navy fleet.
It will also bring together separate support agreements for individual vessel types under a single, more efficient and manageable model that will improve the performance of service providers, who are expected to adopt a common approach across all classes of complex warships.
The CSM will develop a support system across the navy’s surface fleet, covering every aspect from combat management systems, fleet-wide communications and aircraft landing aids through to spares, repairs and maintenance.
UK Ministry of Defence Defence Equipment and Support chief of material (ships) Sir Simon Bollom said: “Our surface fleet is made up of some the most advanced and capable fighting ships in the world.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, will join the fleet soon and the CSM will provide a framework that will deliver effective support to the Royal Navy’s warship fleet at home and around the globe.”
Ten of the 16 agreements included in the single arrangement have been signed to date, comprising a combined worth of £794m. The remaining contracts are slated to be signed in the coming months.
The series of contracts included in the single model will help support more than 1,000 job opportunities across the country.