Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships
• Ministry of Defence
Publication reference: 2021/S 000-011408 
Publication date: 21 May 2021
F02: Contract notice
Section one: Contracting authoritySection I: Contracting authority
one.1) Name and addressesI.1) Name and addresses
Ministry of Defence
MOD Abbey Wood South
BS34 8JH

United Kingdom

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NUTS code
UKK11 – Bristol, City of
Internet address(es)
Main address


one.3) CommunicationI.3) Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at
Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:
FSS Commercial Team

United Kingdom
NUTS code
UKK11 – Bristol, City of
Internet address(es)
Main address
one.4) Type of the contracting authorityI.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority
one.5) Main activityI.5) Main activity

Section two: ObjectSection II: Object
two.1) Scope of the procurementII.1) Scope of the procurement
two.1.1) TitleII.1.1) Title
Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships
two.1.2) Main CPV codeII.1.2) Main CPV code
• 34512400 – Cargo ships
two.1.3) Type of contractII.1.3) Type of contract
two.1.4) Short descriptionII.1.4) Short description
Procurement of three (3) solid store supply ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and the Royal Navy (RN)
two.1.6) Information about lotsII.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No
two.2) DescriptionII.2) Description
two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
• 34510000 – Ships
• 34512000 – Ships and similar vessels for the transport of persons or goods
two.2.3) Place of performanceII.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
• UKK11 – Bristol, City of
two.2.4) Description of the procurementII.2.4) Description of the procurement
The United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (“Authority”) is seeking to procure new ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (“RFA”) and Royal Navy (“RN”) (the “Procurement”). These ships have been denoted the Fleet Solid Support (“FSS”) ships.
The Authority’s high-level requirements for the FSS programme (the “Procurement Objectives”) are as follows:
• a contract for delivery of the FSS ships;
• delivery of three (3) FSS ships by 2032;
• a forecasted outturn cost to the Authority not to exceed £1.617BN;
• integration of all ships and installation of sensitive systems subject to national security restrictions to be carried out in the UK, and delivery of UK social value;
• delivery of an integrated logistics support package and future rights to enable the Authority to compete support arrangements; and
• a ship design which minimises whole life cost, achieves sustainability objectives, and is safe and environmentally sound to operate.
The Authority requires a solid stores capability able to fully support the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers into the future. The UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) reached Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in January 2021, with Full Operating Capability (FOC) expected by December 2023. The FSS ships will facilitate Carrier Enabled Power Projection (CEPP), supplying the carrier-based Maritime Task Group with the stores and ammunition needed to sustain operations at the intensity and range required to meet the UK’s defence commitments.
The full Contract Notice is available from: https://contracts.mod.uk/esop/guest/go/opportunity/detail?opportunityId=51386
two.2.5) Award criteriaII.2.5) Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing systemII.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
31 December 2032
This contract is subject to renewal
two.2.10) Information about variantsII.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No
two.2.11) Information about optionsII.2.11) Information about options
Options: No
two.2.13) Information about European Union FundsII.2.13) Information about European Union Funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. ProcedureSection IV. Procedure
four.1) DescriptionIV.1) Description
four.1.1) Type of procedureIV.1.1) Type of procedure
Competitive procedure with negotiation
four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes
four.2) Administrative informationIV.2) Administrative information
four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of projects or requests to participateIV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate
11 June 2021
Local time
four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submittedIV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted

Section six. Complementary informationSection VI. Complementary information
six.1) Information about recurrenceVI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: No
six.4) Procedures for reviewVI.4) Procedures for review
six.4.1) Review bodyVI.4.1) Review body
Ministry of Defence
United Kingdom

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