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.

Type 31 Frigates designated 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.

You can view a summary of what the First Sea Lord said in the following Twitter thread.

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.”

 

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Phillip
Phillip
2 months ago

Obviously it’s far from the most important aspect of the project, but this does seem like a disappointingly random set of names. It’s almost as if someone had a big bucket of unused names, and just drew out five.

david
david
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

St. Nazaire?

Lt Aldo Raine
Lt Aldo Raine
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

Agreed – not particularly important but what a random set of names. What was the thinking behind it?

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Lt Aldo Raine

I assume it’s because the names come with their own historical significance: Active – Primarily, the Falklands War. The WW2 ship of the same name also had a sterling service record, including serving with Force H and sinking four submarines. Bulldog – Captured a working Enigma machine and its codebooks. Oversaw the surrender of German troops from the Channel Islands (the formal surrender took place on her). The name most recently saw service as the lead ship of a class of Survey vessels. Campbeltown – Remembered for the raid on St. Nazaire during the Second World War, which is still… Read more »

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Barry Larking
Barry Larking
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Excellent. Thanks Lusty. Kenneth Moore, the actor, served on Formidable. The kamikaze strike on Formidable is often shown in reconstructions of battles in the South Pacific made for American channels, recognisably a ‘British’ profile. Moore said he rushed up on deck near naked because of the ambient temperature and found a ‘bit of a dent’ on her armoured deck.

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Barry Larking
Barry Larking
2 months ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

‘More’ – edit function u/s.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

No worries.

That’s an interesting bit of history!

A USN liason officer on HMS Indefatigable stated: ‘When a kamikaze hits a US carrier, it means six monts of repair at Pearl [Harbour]. When a kamikaze hits a Limey carrier, it’s just a case of “Sweepers, man your brooms.”‘

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Remember reading a revisionist American article many years back claiming that US carriers were superior because the wooden decks enabled bigger hangers allowing more and bigger aircraft making them more potent. Strangely enough I was shocked therefore to see that the Nimitz and her sisters didn’t have teak decks.

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

The story of HMS Venturer is amazing and its skipper Jimmy Launders was an exceptional submarine commander who pretty much wrote the Royal Navys book on underwater warfare well into the 70`s I believe.

Nate m
Nate m
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

is this a really late april fools joke? cuz the names are ridiculous. i mean how does “active” sound inspirational! i mean if u knew the meanings behind it then sure. but to a commoner? i dunno….

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Ah, just the man…..

Answered some of my questions mate.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago

Always a pleasure. 😄

James Fennell
James Fennell
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Active was a famous frigate in the 18th century, captured two French frigates and the island of Curacao.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  James Fennell

Very true.

I could go on about a few of them!

Dern
Dern
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Formidable should also get the credit for being the only Carrier to engage an enemy surface fleet in a line of battle. (Before being told to f*ck off by the battleships).

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Just read up on Venturer deserves to be better known for what she achieved, the calculations for her kill becoming the basis for modern computer based 3D targeting concepts.

I would love one to have been called Cossack it would have been great when she escorted Russian ships through the channel or entered the Black Sea.

On another front I noticed that one of the original Venturer’s sisters was to be called HMS Vagabond. There would be something a little apt in such a name being used these days considering lack of funds, or weaponry for that matter.

John Mayall
John Mayall
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Lusty, you are ex RN I presume, can you answer this for me? I’m ex Army & was in Gib in ’89 & some of us visited a T22, but I’m not sure if it was Campbeltown or Cumberland, any idea mate?

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

Cheap? Cheerful? Collateral?

I agree the names are a bit ‘wide of the mark’. But if they come along quickly, welcome, whatever.

Paul42
Paul42
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

Thats exactly the impression you get. Clearly no real thought went in to this at all. Very disappointing indeed.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

I disagree, I like the fact these names are chosen for historical significance rather than a generic ‘letter’ Class. At least this way some of RN’s heritage is being maintained, otherwise a lot of the famous old names would never be seen again.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago

Most interesting. All of the names have some historical significance for the RN.

It was only a few days ago that I thought about ‘Bulldog’. HMS Bulldog (H91) captured a complete Enigma machine along with the associated codebooks in 1941.

It’s good to see ‘Campbletown’ return to the fleet as well.

Callum
Callum
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

With today’s relatively small fleet, I imagine the driving force was to get names with a lot of battle honours back into the fleet.

A shame everyone’s moaning about how there’s no theme, despite the fact that these are all excellent names

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
2 months ago
Reply to  Callum

If they wanted a ship with battle honours HMS Starling, 2nd Escort Group in the war in both the Atlantic and Arctic would have been good. Capt Johnnie Walkers command, a modified Black Swan sloop 17 kills to her name.I might say I am biased because it was also my Dad’s ship. He served with JW right through the war.

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 months ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

HMS Glowworm as well…paid the ultimate price!

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
2 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Yes..another good one. A brave but tragic end.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Fascinating, Geoffrey.

I agree both that and Glowworm would be good names. T32 perhaps?

John Stevens
John Stevens
2 months ago
Reply to  Callum

Hi Callum.. Totally agree with you. A good mix of historical names, all positive.

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

And was a jolly good hydrographic vessel. I spent an enjoyable few months on her in the late 1970’s.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Hi Lusty

I remember seeing a photo of the last Campbeltown in the ops room of the RNLI in Campbeltown itself in 2008. From memory it was a Type 22? A relatively small Kintyre town-why is the name important?

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning Geoff, HMS Campbeltown was made famous due to the St Nazaire raid during the Second World War. In short, Campbeltown was ‘modified’ to resemble a German destroyer, and a bomb was placed in her bow. The intention was to ram the dry dock gates of located in St Naziare (France), to deny the Germans access to the dry dock facilities (and in doing so, denying Tirpitz a dry dock). She sailed up the Loire estuary with her escorting destoryers and MLs, and basically rammed the dock’s gate. The accompanying Commandos hopped off and completed their own missions in and… Read more »

captain p wash
captain p wash
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

She was ex USN too.

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Yes, that’s correct. Ex-USS Buchanan.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Thanks Lusty. As an aside on that same visit we went to the site of the Chinook crash on the Mull and stayed at an old Victorian mansion in Southend in the company of a group of expat South African and London Brits-all top river and sea paddlers. We planned to paddle from the Mull by the shortest route to Cushendun/Cushendall on the Antrim coast. Time, weather and equipmnet constraints meant that only my friend Alec Rennie and his son did the 19 mile crossing with wife and I and another couple in two ribs courtesy my cousin from County… Read more »

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Thanks for sharing, Geoff.

I’m sorry to hear about your friend. It sounds like you have some fond memories.

Springer
Springer
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

My old ship, Type 22 Batch 3, drafted for over 3 years and travelled all over with her (even visiting Campbeltown), great looking ships pity they had to go, as Lusty already pointed out the ship was famous for the raid on St Nazaire. I remember as a comms rating on the bridge, waiting for the ship to enter dry dock in Devonport, it was taking a while to open the gate so someone did quip “why can’t we just ram it” It was named after Campbelltown USA as well (slightly different spelling) the original ship was tranferred from the… Read more »

geoff
geoff
2 months ago
Reply to  Springer

Thanks for fascinating history Springer!

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Springer

That sounds like something I would have come out with!

Lt Aldo Raine
Lt Aldo Raine
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Rawalpindi?

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
2 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

I thought Jon Bon Jovi captured the Enigma machine from U 571 !

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

😂

Tony
Tony
2 months ago

A ship named after my favourite single malt region! Should have had HMS Campbeltown, HMS Speyside, HMS Highland, HMS Lowland and HMS Islay.

John Hartley
John Hartley
2 months ago
Reply to  Tony

HMS Glen Turret

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Tony

I’m sure the one that Scotland eventually gets will be renamed HMSS Sturgeon

Jeremy Bateman
Jeremy Bateman
2 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Well, the Russians had Whiskey class subs 😁

Albion
Albion
2 months ago

Hmmmmmmmm!

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

HMS Formidable….. Not the right name for a budget frigate….

Phillip
Phillip
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

If they’d also had Furious and Fearless then it would have worked…

Albion
Albion
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

agree

Charles Verrier
Charles Verrier
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

It’s worth remembering that these ‘budget frigates’ will be 5700 tonnes and 139m which makes them larger than a Type 42 destroyer.

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

How about HMS Formica. 😀

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

HMS Invincible probably wasn’t the right name for a ship that turned out to be very vincible in retrospect. I think fighting names like that though are a good image, Formidable certainly has some character to it over bloody HMS Active

david
david
2 months ago

Lol, HMS Malaise.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
2 months ago

Nice names. Happy with that. 🇬🇧

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

Would have preferred a F class with

Faithful – Fearless – Firedrake – Foresight – Fortitude

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Or Bs as with the T22s which I suppose did a similar job to what the T31s are intended to do:

  • Broadsword
  • Battleaxe
  • Brazen
  • Brilliant
  • and Boxer. Or Beaver if you fancied a laugh.
Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago

I was on Brilliant, Brazen and Beaver.

“Happiness is a Wet Beaver”,was printed on a collection of zap stickers we had.
In the US on visits the comments from the blokes was you named your ship after pussy… the ladies actually loved it!

Besides that it was No2 of the best ships I served on behind No1 Bulwark as Flagship.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Be careful what you wish for. You might end up with HMS (equipped) For, Not With

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

All B’s would have been good.

Bulldog
Boxer
Brazen
Buzzard
Beaver

geoff
geoff
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Beaver?😉

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

All the sailors want to be on that one 😀

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Nine out of ten anyway!

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Crewed by a bunch of…………?

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Fantastic ship …3 very happy years serving in her!!!( cough)

Albion
Albion
2 months ago

Fearless would have been my choice for lead ship

Jeremy Bateman
Jeremy Bateman
2 months ago
Reply to  Albion

We should’ve reused Fearless and Intrepid for the Falklands LPDs, Ardent and Antelope for the T21s lost there.
And why are no T26s from the NW- Liverpool/Manchester- while 2 are Scottish, which might leave the UK soon after they’re built?!

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
2 months ago

All Great names…. Each one has a great history in one way or another.

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
2 months ago

No HMS Boris? 🙂

Alan Reid
Alan Reid
2 months ago

My choice …….. Hotspur, Havoc, Hunter, Hero and Hardy
What a missed opportunity! 😟

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Well after seeing they are going to be the “Inspiration” class they should be all the “I”s”

Inspiration
Icarus
Impulsive
Invicta

And my personal favourite

Indefatigable

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Indefatigable is definitely long overdue a return to the fleet!

Lusty
Lusty
2 months ago

Agreed!

Alan Reid
Alan Reid
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

How about HMS Inclusive, Chris !?!

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Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Reid

Very PC…I like it. We could even give her a Rainbow Pennant

Alan Reid
Alan Reid
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

😄

BB85
BB85
2 months ago

I’m torn between honoring the names of previous ships and following a theme for each class that also allows ships to potentially create a name for themselves.
I do appreciate reading the history on some of the previous names though.

Venturer is interesting, considering how large scale submarine warfare was in WW2 that there is only one confirmed kill between 2 submerged subs.

Ewan McMurchie
Ewan McMurchie
2 months ago

Thanks all for the input and comments which I found both interesting and entertaining. Obviously a few ex matelots and no doubt other ex services on here. At first, I also thought some random names, but after reading the well researched and well presented explanations it does appear that the powers to be did put some thought into the naming of these ships. A lot of though, judging by the responses. I am pleased with the names and those ships and men they honour. Hopefully the (future) crew will look at the new Ships Crest and accompanying battle honours every… Read more »

Andy P
Andy P
2 months ago

Can live with those names (not that my opinion counts), could have been a lot worse if we’d stuck with ‘beige’ names of cities or rivers etc. When I read that they were going to be the ‘Inspiration class’ I feared that they were going to be a lot more ‘wussy’. Being a bluff old cove I’d have preferred for them to all start with the same letter but yeah, a solid 8 out of 10 from this smooth pimp daddy. 😎

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago

HMS Active? Give me strength

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

I was hoping for a revival of the Tribal Class:
Ashanti
Gurkha
Cossack
Maori
Zulu

But these will do…

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Would have loved these.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago

Me too although the history behind them has perhaps different significance in the world 2021. Surprised at the inclusion of Cossack at the time. The rest are all British Empire ‘tribes’

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

That would have been perfect. Just perfect.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Gets my vote Rob….

John Hartley
John Hartley
2 months ago

Formidable should be an aircraft carrier or at least an SSN. To call an undergunned “frigate” which is really an oversized OPV, “Formidable” is to invite derision.

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

That’s exactly what I was thinking John. Unfortunately there is nothing ‘Formidable’ about the Type 31. Maybe they will get up-gunned when they enter service. I’m hoping the initial anemic weapons fit is intended only to keep the cost down and meet budget??? At least they are pretty large so additional weapon systems could be added later. Here’s hoping!

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

With you on that John, to me Formidable is a capital ship name, not a budget frigate…

Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson
2 months ago

Stop your whining those are great names. You could take a cue from the American navy and have named a ship after a gay activist from San Francisco.

captain p wash
captain p wash
2 months ago

Why all the Gender References Chaps ? It’s obvious to see what you refer too……🙄 These are names of great Vessels from the past and they will be crewed by great people regardless of Gender.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago

Ooooooh! At last.

I like Active, Bulldog, and Venturer but unsure of other 2. Oh well. Why Campbeltown? Last was a T22B3.

Last edited 2 months ago by Daniele Mandelli
Rob
Rob
2 months ago

The RN naming of T31 & T32 is all about signalling a new revolutionary technical dawn. Why no HMS Warrior?

Maybe next batch.

Dern
Dern
2 months ago

Cambeltown for the Destroyer that rammed the Dry Dock at St Nazier in WW2, the RN themselves put out an infographic explaining they chose the name because it embodies the ethos they want the Future Commando Force to have. From the RN’s website: “Each name has been selected to represent key themes and operations which will dominate and shape the global mission of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines: carrier operations (Formidable); operational advantage in the North Atlantic (Bulldog); forward deployment of ships around the globe to protect UK interests (Active); technology and innovation (Venturer); and the Future Commando Force… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  Dern

Hi Dern.

Yes, having read more that all makes sense.

Dern
Dern
2 months ago

Of course now that you’ve replied I find the infographic 😛

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  Dern

I’d not seen that. Thank you.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago

Hi Daniele! Chilly day in Durban-17 degrees and overcast😮

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning geoff! Chilly too in Surrey, winds now stilled and still no sign of sun 🙁

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Put the wind up the Chinese if they hear the Active is coming. They’ll assume an Astute.

Jason
Jason
2 months ago

Yeah they may seem a little random to the casual observer but a little research will sort that out for most people. Personally I like the names just as I suspect I’m gonna like the ships when they’re finally in service. I’m convinced the Type is gonna be big success for the RN. We know enough now to know they’re gonna be good ships for the role they’re intended. If they turn out to be great ships with a front line war fighting role depends on a few things we’re not too sure of yet, like the weapons fit. With… Read more »