The construction of the Royal Navy’s Type 31 fleet will sustain approximately 1,250 skilled jobs at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard and create 150 new apprenticeships.
The information came to light in the following response to a Parliamentary Written Question.
James Cartlidge, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, stated:
“The construction of the Royal Navy’s Type 31 fleet will support around 1,250 highly-skilled jobs at Babcock’s shipyard in Rosyth and see the creation of an additional 150 apprenticeships. The programme will also support a further 1,250 roles across the UK supply chain.”
Awarded to Babcock in November 2019, the contract to deliver five Type 31 general purpose frigates will conclude by the end of 2028.
According to Babcock:
“Building on the unique experience and success of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, we have brought together a highly experienced and integrated project team spanning several regions of the UK, to meet the challenging Type 31 programme.
Re-energising the UK’s maritime capability through modern UK ship design and build practices, the Type 31 programme is the first of its kind to be delivered under the new National Shipbuilding Strategy. The innovative programme will strengthen technology transfer into the UK and drive British shipbuilding expertise to deliver the Royal Navy, a world leader in naval platforms, the ‘Inspiration’ class.”
At a glance:
- HMS Venturer – steel cut in 2021
- HMS Venturer – keel laying 2022
- HMS Active – steel cut in 2023
- HMS Active – keel laying 2023
- All five frigates delivered by the end of 2028