With the keel laying ceremony for Type 31 Frigate HMS Active underway, there are now multiple frigates being built in multiple shipyards around Scotland.
The first blocks of HMS Active, the second Type 31 Frigate, have been laid out beside HMS Venturer at the Rosyth ‘frigate factory’, showcasing the scale and potential of one of two planned frigate fabrication facilities in Scotland.
At 147 metres long, the hall can comfortably fit three Olympic-sized swimming pools, and the 30-metre high doors can accommodate two vessels being assembled at the same time side by side, just as we’re now seeing.
Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I was unable to attend the Keel Laying Ceremony but we’ll do our best to supply you with all the latest news and imagery.
Sneak preview from Rosyth as we celebrate another milestone in the Type 31 Programme. Today we bring together invited guests, employees and their families to be part of the celebration as we lay the keel of the second of five T31s we are building #wearedeliveringinspiration pic.twitter.com/5tXp6mIgR2
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I previously wrote that Scotland’s naval shipbuilding industry is witnessing a renaissance, a boom that promises consistent growth well into the 2040s.
Shipyard workers in the heart of Glasgow, Rosyth and Port Glasgow are busier than they have been in decades, fabricating steel and constructing some of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships. A sector once marred by periods of ‘feast and famine’ is now witnessing a resurgence, with its shipyards humming with activity and its workforce expanding.
You can read more on my views here.