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How Many Amphibious Ships Does The Royal Navy Have?

How Many Amphibious Ships Does The Royal Navy Have?

Modern Military

At the annual Sea Power Conference in London, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps announced plans for a significant boost in naval capabilities, including the construction of up to six advanced amphibious warships to enhance the operational strength of the Royal Marines.

First Sea Lord’s Sea Power conference 2024 – Defence Secretary’s address – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Moreover, this development is part of a broader initiative involving up to 28 new warships and submarines, signaling a new “Golden Age” for British shipbuilding, driven by an increase in defense spending to 2.5% of GDP.

Shapps highlighted the strategic importance of these new Multi Role Support Ships (MRSS), which are designed to deploy the Royal Marines Commando Force rapidly for special operations across global coastlines. These vessels, part of an extensive lineup that includes Type 26 and Type 31 frigates, as well as Astute and Dreadnought submarines, will be constructed across the UK in locations such as Scotland, Barrow-in-Furness, Belfast, and Devon.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key, expressed his satisfaction with the government’s commitment, noting that the new class of amphibious vessels would be among the most capable the nation has ever owned. He also paid tribute to the retiring Type 23 frigates, acknowledging their long and distinguished service.

These versatile MRSS warships are designed for a broad range of military tasks. Capable of carrying vehicles, aircraft, and various unmanned systems, they can perform complex missions and serve as primary casualty receiving ships, offering critical medical support in the field.

The Ministry of Defence is currently in the initial conceptual phase of the MRSS Programme and is engaging with industry to refine the design of these transformative vessels. The project aligns with the National Shipbuilding Strategy and is set to replace existing capabilities, including two Landing Platform Docks, three Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliaries), and the Aviation Support Ship RFA Argus, by the early 2030s.

How Many Amphibious Ships Does The Royal Navy Have?