Boris visits Scotland to see construction of Royal Navy’s new warships

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Babcock Rosyth Dockyard to meet construction workers who are building the Type 31 Frigate. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Babcock Rosyth Dockyard today (14th February 2022) to see the construction of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 warships.

At £250 million per vessel, the Type 31 is a smaller, cheaper frigate than the Type 26 warships currently being built at the Upper Clyde shipyards. They will replace the five general-purpose Type-23 frigates currently in service with the Royal Navy.

The Type 31 programme is supporting more than 2,500 jobs across the UK.

The new frigates will undertake a variety of operational roles, including interception and disruption of illegal activity at sea, intelligence gathering and defence engagement. These ships will play a vital role in protecting UK security interests around the world.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson chats to construction workers who are building the Type 31 Frigate. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Nick Hine said:

“The Type 31 represents the very best of British shipbuilding, and with its modular design will be configurable to meet the needs of both the Royal Navy and our allies around the world, now and into the future.”

The Royal Navy’s new Type 31 fleet is expected to be delivered by the end of 2028 and to enter service by the end of 2030, with the first expected in the water in 2023.

The Type 31 will have advanced capabilities fitted onboard, including supersonic anti-air missile defence systems, Bofors naval guns and 4D radar systems. There will also be a Royal Navy helicopter.

The vessels will each carry a crew of up to 105 that will be deployed on duties around the world, working alongside new Type 26 frigates.

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