Anger over overseas tenders for Navy ships –

Anger over overseas tenders for Navy ships –

Pressure is growing on the Government to reclassify Navy support vessels as warships, to save thousands of jobs.

A £1bn contract to build up to three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships has been tendered internationally: Ministers say that it had to be done under EU competition rules. However the Government faces increasing calls to list the vessels, which carry defensive weapons and supply the fleet with ammunition and stores, as warships. By national security requirements they would then have to be built in Britain.

Influential defence figures, including MP Julian Lewis, defence select committee chairman, and former Navy head Lord West of Spithead, have rubbished the Government ruling that FSS…


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