People have been sharing an article 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.
The article from Plymouth Live, while having a bit of a ‘clickbaity’ headline, does go on to explain that the news relates to some components of the ship.
We covered this news in a less exciting way here, 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 however hasn’t stopped yet another viral misinformation tweet. Something we’ve been dealing with a lot recently.
French firm wins Royal Navy Type 31 frigates contract – Plymouth Live. @BorisJohnson people are fuming! Why are we not building the ships? We expect our industry to come back and grow… what’s this about? https://t.co/W3uQgQEQlJ
— pjackson#ukisfree&sovereign ????????? (@pjackso09793788) February 9, 2020
The Type 31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.
According to Thales, the work will be done in the UK.
“Following a comprehensive competitive process, T31, a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global frigate will be the Royal Navy’s newest class of warships, with the first ship scheduled in the water in 2023. At its height, the programme will maximise a workforce of around 1250 highly- skilled roles in multiple locations throughout the UK, with around 150 new technical apprenticeships likely to be developed. The work is expected to support an additional 1250 roles within the wider UK supply chain.
Building on our global successes Thales is expanding its capabilities in mission systems delivery in the UK. This will generate new jobs and technical skills in Crawley, West Sussex where the new team has been established. A new naval combat management centre has also been developed to provide a space for customers, employees and end-users to train, test and see how our solutions deliver operational benefits and to continuously gain customer feedback.”