New Forest East

DEFENCE – NATIONAL FLAGSHIP [6694] - 13 December 2023

DEFENCE – NATIONAL FLAGSHIP [6694] - 13 December 2023

Sir Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s policy is on the construction of a national flagship; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of using private sponsorship to finance the construction of such a vessel. [6694]

[Due for Answer on 18 December]


The Minister of State for Defence Procurement (James Cartlidge): In the face of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the decision was made to suspend the National Flagship programme in order to accelerate the procurement of the Multi Role Ocean Surveillance ships.

The Government has no current aspiration to revive the National Flagship. However, the National Shipbuilding Office stands ready to engage with any privately funded venture which has a developed business case and that would bring benefit to UK shipyards and broader supply chain.