Ork has officially launched a Â£ 1.25 billion project to build the five new Royal Navy warships as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace cut steel for the first ship.
The HMS Venturer ceremony took place Thursday at Babcock’s facility in Rosyth, Fife, where the new Type 31 frigates are being built.
The Royal Navy’s newest fleet of frigates will take on a variety of roles in operations, including intercepting and disrupting illegal activities at sea, gathering intelligence, engaging in defense and providing humanitarian support.
Vice-Admiral Nick Hine of the Second Sea Lord and Secretary of International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan were among the dignitaries present at the event, as were the Director General of Ships, Vice-Admiral Chris Gardner of Defense Equipment and support.
Mr Wallace called the event “a big step in the renaissance of British shipbuilding”.
He said: âToday is a momentous opportunity for the Type 31 program, defense and the shipbuilding industry in Scotland. As the shipbuilding czar, cutting the steel of the first of five new frigates to be built here on our shores in the Firth of the Forth, providing jobs and innovation to the region, is a huge honor. .
“Equipped with innovative technologies at the forefront of the Royal Navy’s future vision, the entire Type 31 fleet will be equipped with a range of capabilities to enable it to undertake a variety of operations at sea.”
The Type 31 will be equipped with innovative technology and have advanced capabilities on board, including MBDA’s Sea Ceptor, a supersonic missile defense system, as well as Bofors 57mm and two 40mm naval guns, a 4D radar system and space to house a Royal Navy helicopter.
Known as the Inspiration Class, the five Type 31 ships take their names all from ancient warships and submarines whose missions and history are intended to inspire the operations of the Royal Navy.
Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Nick Hine said: âThese are exciting times for the Royal Navy. The Type 31 represents the best of British shipbuilding, and with its modular design, it will be configurable to meet the needs of the Royal Navy and our allies around the world, now and in the future.
“The Type 31s will operate around the world with a sustained forward presence, which further signifies our intention to be a global navy and Europe’s premier naval power.”
The construction of the fleet will support around 1,250 highly skilled jobs at Babcock and see the creation of 150 additional apprenticeships, while another 1,250 positions in the UK supply chain are also expected to be supported by the program.
The entire Type 31 fleet is expected to be delivered by the end of 2028 and enter service with the Royal Navy by the end of 2030, with the first scheduled to hit the water in 2023.
The Type 31 will carry up to 105 crew members who will be deployed around the world, working alongside the new Type 26 frigates.
The five ships will be built by Babcock on the Firth of the Forth with an average production cost of Â£ 250million per ship.
Babcock’s new meeting room, the Venturer Building, was also named during the day.
Company CEO David Lockwood said: âThis is an important moment. We are witnessing what the national shipbuilding strategy can achieve. By working with our partners and customers, we are creating something that we can all be very proud of.
âThe T31 class will show the adaptability and capability of a modern warship created with British ingenuity and engineering at its heart. I can’t wait to see these magnificent ships emerge from our new Venturer Building.