UK’s £1.6B Fleet Solid Support Ship ‘At Risk’
The United Kingdom’s £1.6 billion Fleet Solid Support Ship project is “at risk” of being canceled as the Infrastructure Project Authority has given the project “amber/red” status.
According to the 2021 Annual Report on the Government Major Projects Portfolio from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the project was given the rating due to, among many reasons, a “program reset.”
According to the IPA, an “amber” rating means that “successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas.”
“Urgent action is needed to address these problems and/or assess whether resolution is feasible,” it added.
In some cases, projects receiving this rating yielded progress that was “significantly less than required.”
The Fleet Solid Support Ships
Fleet Solid Support Ships are Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships designed to supply dry stores (also known as “solids”) such as ammunition, food, and other goods to Royal Navy ships. The Fleet Solid Support Ship program was developed to build new ships to replace current RFA units.