LONDON — Ship repair yards Cammell Laird and the A&P Group have taken the lion’s share of a 349 million pound ($560.3 million) deal with the U.K. Ministry of Defence to undertake long-term maintenance of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels.
The MoD announced the deal after it extended contracts with five companies to provide maintenance for the RFA’s 13-strong fleet of tankers, stores, landing and other vessels supporting the Royal Navy until 2018.
The contractors, originally appointed in 2008 for a five-year period, provide support globally for the RFA fleet.
Cammell Laird accounted for 67 percent of the contract award, followed by A&P with 23 percent. The other contractors involved are Lloyd’s Register, Trimline and Hempel UK.
RFA vessels are mainly civilian manned but aligned with the Royal Navy structure. In recent years, the vessels have been increasingly used to undertake patrol tasks normally performed by Britain’s declining fleet of destroyers and frigates.