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New Class of Large Landing Ships


The Ministry of Defence has invited five UK shipbuilders to tender for the construction of two new large landing ships logistic for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), with options for up to a further three ships of the class. The two new vessels, with an approximate contract value of £130 million will replace the two RFA Landing Ships Logistic (LSL) SIR PERCIVAL and SIR GERAINT in 2003/2004.

Invitations To Tender are being issued to consortia led by Swan Hunter of Tyneside, BAE Systems at Govan (Scotland), Harland and Wolff (Belfast), Cammell Laird, Birkenhead and Appledore Shipbuilders (North Devon). Orders are planned for later this year. The new ships, expected to be at least 10,000 tonnes each, will be much larger, more capable and flexible than existing RFA LSLs and will provide a major increase in the capability of the RFA to support amphibious operations and other military tasks such as peacekeeping duties and disaster relief around the world. The ships will offer flexibility for worldwide operations, and will be essential elements in future amphibious warfare operations. They will be the force multipliers for the UK’s amphibious warfare fleet, moving the heavy vehicles, equipment, stores and troops that sustain a landing force anywhere in the world and disembark them in tactical formation directly into combat.

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