The Sunday Times has reported that the Royal Navy is to recieve new vessels as part of the defence review .
An excerpt from this article states.
“The Royal Navy gets new frigates, supply ships and underwater surveillance vessels.”
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The new frigates are likely to be the Type 32s. The Type 32 was first announced by Boris Johnson in November 2020 as part of a defence investment pledge ahead of the Integrated Review.
The review’s first conclusions are reportedly related to the restoration of the United Kingdom as “the foremost naval power in Europe” through the construction of new ships.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace subsequently stated that the Type 32 frigate would come “further along from the Type 31”, adding that the Royal Navy “requested another class of ship” in order to increase its numbers of surface fighting ships, destroyers and frigates.
The Ministry of Defence have stated that the concept phase for the vessel had not yet been launched but added that the ship is currently envisioned as a “platform for autonomous systems”, used in roles such as anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.
Like the Type 31 frigate, the ship will be general-purpose in its design
It might also be the case that the underwater surveillance vessels are related to this project.