The Rosyth built Type 31 Frigates will be named HMS Active, HMS Bulldog, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Formidable and HMS Venturer.
The class will be known as the ‘Inspiration’ class.
The names were announced today by First Sea Lord Tony Radakin at the First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2021 hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies today.
Great Keynote Address @IISS_org
— Joann Robertson (@Alsdorf_JAR) May 19, 2021
You can view a summary of what the First Sea Lord said in the following Twitter thread.
— IISS News (@IISS_org) May 19, 2021
Recently we reported that Babcock’s Team 31 had successfully completed its ‘Whole Ship Critical Design Review’ (WSCDR) which they say is a key indicator of the compliance, maturity and engineering risk in proceeding into production as we mature the 3D CAD model.
An independent board of twelve experts reviewed the design, interrogated the engineering team and provided valuable advice to Babcock (the Design Authority), with attendees and contributors from the UK Ministry of Defence.
The board were pleased with the rate of progress made since the Preliminary Design Review in June 2020 and the level of technical maturity of the design, especially given the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19.
“Completing the Whole Ship CDR provides Team 31 with the confidence to fully develop the 3D CAD model and move towards the generation of build drawings in readiness for first steel cut and ship assembly later this year. Production work at Rosyth has been underway since last year on construction of ship cradles, build stools and ground supports. These form part of the essential infrastructure required to enable construction, and are designed to support the vessels upright as they are being built.”
Babcock say that the WSCDR is a significant milestone in the Type 31 programme and reflects the fantastic progress being made since contract award.
“The facilities and technology investment in Rosyth has got underway, with manufacturing bay refurbishments, the installation of state of the art advanced manufacturing equipment, and the New Assembly Hall will be completed towards the end of this summer before the start of ship assembly.”