Team Resolute, a UK consortium consisting of Navantia, Harland & Wolff and BMT, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contract by the UK Ministry of Defence – allowing the consortium to move forward within the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) Competition.

The Ministry of Defence has awarded four CPP design contracts, each initially worth around £5 million, to four contenders, including Team Resolute.

The contracts will enable the bidders to develop their design proposals and the next stage will seek details of how they would fulfil the wider delivery needs of the programme.

Team Resolute will develop its proposal to build three new Fleet Solid Support ships that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary require to support the Royal Navy. The CPP contract award means a significant step forward for Team Resolute, which is committed to providing the right capability to the Royal Navy and outstanding social value to the UK shipbuilding industry.

Team Resolute is a UK based collaboration between Harland & Wolff, BMT and Navantia, focused on strengthening UK sovereign shipbuilding capability and prosperity whilst driving down cost and production efficiencies.

The collaboration combines over 160 years of shipbuilding experience at one of the UK’s biggest shipyards, including two of the largest drydocks in Europe, with unrivalled auxiliary design experience from UK designer BMT and a world-leading auxiliary shipbuilding track record from trusted NATO partner Navantia.

As a new defence challenger, Team Resolute is ideally positioned to meet the UK Government’s current requirements and provide a low-risk and value for money UK solution for Fleet Solid Support (FSS).

BMT’s unique design experience will reduce development time, whilst Harland & Wolff’s and Navantia’s joint unparalleled drydock capacity will minimise the FSS ships’ entry to service for the Carrier Strike Group. Alongside this, Navantia’s risk management experience with Australian and Spanish navies will assure delivery to cost, time and quality.

The team is committed to transferring world-class digital shipyard technology and knowledge to bring long-term economic benefit to the UK, aligning with the UK Government’s Net Zero 2050 carbon emissions strategy and vision. This includes several naval, commercial and offshore renewable opportunities potentially worth an additional £1bn to the UK economy over the next five years.