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Introducing the latest generation of tug to the UK and enabling the successful arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth in August 2017

From 2015, our Future Provision of Marine Services (FPMS) team worked with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to design and build a tug capable of supporting the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers – the largest and most advanced warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

The requirements were challenging. An innovative and highly-collaborative approach was established with our customer from the outset. The build of our new tug, SD Tempest, brought together the latest technology from the global shipping industry and combined the expertise of the MoD, Serco and our marine engineering partner, Damen. We funded the project without creating additional cost to the MoD by generating and reinvesting savings from other FPMS services.

The contribution of our team, which culminated in the successful arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth on 16th August 2017, has been recognised by the MoD and Royal Navy.

“The Tempest project is an excellent example of collaboration between the Royal Navy and industry. The team worked together right the way from concept through build and introduction to service. The innovative commercial approach means that the Tempest has been delivered at no cost to the taxpayer, with the Serco-Damen team working together to ensure a highly professional build programme. The Tempest’s power, manoeuvrability and flexibility will be a great asset to the fleet.”

Rear Admiral Richard Stokes
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Support)