Social media users have been once again sharing an article from last year titled ‘French firm wins Royal Navy Type 31 frigates contract’ without actually reading it.
The five Type 31 Frigates on order are being built at Rosyth in Scotland.
Well, the infamously badly headlined @Plymouth_Live article regarding the Type 31 Frigates has resulted in thousands of tweets about how 'Scotland has been betrayed!' and 'France are building British Frigates!'. Well done folks, well done. pic.twitter.com/N13dcRR6Ph
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) February 11, 2020
The article from Plymouth Live, while having a bit of a “clickbaity” headline according to some commentators, does go on to explain that the news relates to some components of the ship. Although,
This headline is still causing issues all this time later. pic.twitter.com/APrjV8olgf
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) April 21, 2021
We covered this news in a less exciting way here at the time, essentially, Thales as part of Babcock Team 31, has been selected to be the mission systems integrator for the Type 31 programme, delivering the combat system, communications systems and the navigation and bridge systems.
This is normal. According to Thales, the work will be done in the UK.
Additionally, in addition to 8 Type 26 and 5 Type 31, there are to be an unspecified number of Type 32 Frigates built in Scotland.