Work already undertaken on the Future Littoral Strike Ship programme will help inform the upcoming defence review regarding the UK requirement for the vessels.
Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson asked in Parliament:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the Future Littoral Strike Ship.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, replied:
“The Prime Minister has committed to undertake the deepest review of Britain’s security, defence and foreign policy. This review will examine how we strengthen and prioritise our alliances, diplomacy and development and will consider all aspects of our defence and security capabilities, including our approach to procurement and maintaining our technological edge. The work already undertaken on the future Littoral Strike Ship will feed into this review.”
Here’s how the Littoral Strike Ships could look, image via the Royal Navy. pic.twitter.com/FxC7GvTEtN
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) February 11, 2019
Vessels like this are often called Expeditionary Transfer Dock’s (at least, by the US) and are typically a large auxiliary support ship to facilitate the ‘seabasing’ of an amphibious landing force by acting as a floating base or transfer station that can be prepositioned off the target area.
Troops, equipment, and cargo would be transferred to the vessel by large-draft ships, from where it can be moved ashore by shallower-draft vessels, landing craft like the landing craft or even helicopters.