The design for the Type 31 Frigate has been selected, with the vessel to be built in France and suited to moving passengers when not in MoD service.

P&O Ferries have signed a £360m contract for the two smallest frigates ever to be constructed for the Royal Navy. The new vessels were specifically designed for the Dover-Calais route and were built to Lloyd’s Register‘Green Passport’ which provides a cradle to grave strategy for all materials used.

Instead of armament, the vessels will feature additional seating for extra passengers, part of the MoD’s plan to rent out the vessels to ferry companies when not in use.

The vessels are to be environmentally friendly, offering significant advances in fuel efficiency through a hydro-dynamically efficient hull form that optimise vessel performance with minimum fuel consumption.

The vessels are the first in the world to comply with the new International Maritime Organization “Safe Return to Port” requirements ahead of the international compliance date.

These rules require that, in the event of a ship becoming a casualty, basic services are provided to all persons on board and that certain systems remain operational for safe return to port. Performance standards are reportedly stipulated for a wide range of ship systems including fire-fighting, power supply, propulsion, steering and navigation.

A spokesman said:

“Type 31 will definitely go in the water.”


If you’ve read this far, congratulations. The purpose of this article, aside from our usual April Fools day joke, is to highlight that reading beyond the headline should be the ‘done thing’ for every article and not only those published today. The real message behind this article is, be careful when you read news online or offline as sometimes it’s entirely false.

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andy reeves

as if, the type 31 won’t even happen.

Will

So many April 1st posts this year, god damn

Peter French

Also suitable for hire for “round the Harbour “trips, and Tourist Mackerel fishing. Its a new whiz for an MOD revenue earner. Innovative eh

P tattersall

What a load of rubbish ..fake news

Gfor

P Tatt. Did you miss the date or are you having a bad day?

P tattersall

Bass fishing trips on the Race ..

Steve

I wonder how many years it will be before the t31 design is actually confirmed, considering the t26 history, then probably another 15 years. From wikipedia the t26 program started in 1998, whilst the t31 started 2015. t26 first steel cut in 2017, so 19 years after program announced. Using same time frame t31 first steel in 2034, which might explain why it isn’t budgeted for in the 10 year plan.

Daniele Mandelli

Within T26 spend.

Steve

If i remember correctly the t26 budgeting was only for 8, so not within it, unless we are getting less than 8

Daniele Mandelli

Would not surprise me.

Ron5

Since split out from T26 to form its own budget line.

Ben P

Type 31 has a fixed timeline already. First vessel in the water in 2023, same time as first Type 26.

Ben P

The Type 26 program was us making a ship from scratch. The Type 31 program is us buying an already designed ship.

Steve

I admire your confidence. Firstly zero chance it will be an already designed ship, as by the time the navy and MOD have done with tweaking everything and the government has interfered with the costing, the design will be very different (think original apache order). Secondly, when has any military procurement ever gone on schedule. 2023 is the best current case, I would bet another 5-10 years added to that. 5 years from today, to get first ship in to the water, when the final specs aren’t there yet and neither is any firm order, seems highly optimistic and unlikely.… Read more »

Ben P

When I say already designed, I mean we are selecting a design that is already created. The competition is between 4-5 different designs at the moment. This is an off the shelf design that has already been adapted to our specs. It is a completely different type of program to the Type 26. The program has an extremely tight and focused timeline aimed at getting the first ship in the water by 2023 when it needs to replace a Type 23. It may slip, but nothing like the Type 26.

Steve

I will believe it when I see it. Still too many uncertainties. From what I can tell the designs are still not finalised, and will need some heavy adaption once selected, for starters the details of the weapon systems very vague and so there will need a period between choosing the final pre design winner and fleshing out the final details and costs, which meaning a few years. It’s possible to get the first ship in the water by 2023 but I really doubt that it will be ready for active service at that point. I am still guessing closer… Read more »

Meiron X

Ben P# With the exception of the Leander candidate for Type 31 frigate program.
The Leander has been derived from the Khareef corvette, not a proper frigate!

andy reeves

the type 31 won’t happen, they’ve buggered around too long and the cost will be unachievable

AV

As a side note & real news, see we’re back in the Boxer program.

Steve

This was a promising move, but if i read the story correctly we still haven’t made the decision to buy them. I guess that decision will come with the upcoming defence review.

Jack

Love the UK Defence Journal 1st of April articles this year !! So many have been hooked…

Frank62

George, you’re a legend. Almost as many April Fools articles as the MOD/HMG regularly trot out.

They really should be powered by UK produced Champagne & armed with anti-ship bagguettes.

Maybe the sea cadets could be equipped with wrenches & screwdrivers to fill the engineering gap.

Daniele Mandelli

Not this time!!! Must try much harder.

Daniele Mandelli

But having read the article I did laugh. Our resident trolls would love this for the UK.

Captain P Wash

It’s all quiet on the “Troll” front !

Central Battery Ironclad

Indeed, the primary weapon system of the type 31 will be world’s most advanced supersonic cricket ball, capable of overcoming even the most complex of jamming environments, equivalent to one quadrillion mobile phone signals. However, the type 31s will be fitted for but not with such a world-beating system due to an urgent operational requirement to fund German-made motor vehicles for the leaders of the African Union.

If we could get a stealth missile to reverse swing we would be on to a winner… indeed if that notion had been mooted this morning then it might gave been a good joke rather than the rather feeble one we did get.

andy reeves

windows 8.1?

Shelley

Love the jokes. No mention though of yesterday’s press release on the decision to award the contract for the next round of AFVs to Artec / Rheinmetall for the Boxer. Easter Saturday indeed. Grubby piece of timing that, by a timid little government that can’t take opposition, witness the GKN silence. So that’s it then. An entire indigenous industry (combat vehicles, hugely successful global exporter from 1950 to 2000) run into the ground by an obssession with ‘competition’. Only this one doesn’t appear to have been competitive. Vickers Newcastle, ROF Leeds, Alvis Coventry, all gone. Leaving BAE Telford as a… Read more »

Jonny

this is the first one I saw and i fell for it for about 5 seconds whilst being in absolute despair and then looked at the date and then saw the others.

Daniele Mandelli

It was the photo which instantly gave it away. T31 with a pic of the new MCMV thingy?

Madbaz5

Where does this journal get this rubbish from .

Jonathan

It’s a joke, you do realise the cultural significance of the date ?

[…] The design for the Type 31 has been selected, with the vessel to be built in France and suited to moving passengers when not in MoD service. P&O Ferries have signed a £360m contract for the two smallest frigates ever to be constructed for the Royal Navy. The new vessels were specifically designed for the Dover-Calais route and were built to Lloyd’s Register‘Green Passport’ which provides a cradle to grave strategy for all materials used. Instead of armament, the vessels will feature additional seating for extra passengers, part of the MoD’s plan to rent out the vessels to ferry… Read more »

andy reeves

lets just upgrade the archers and call them warships

Mr Bell

chortle- I loved the picture as well- it adds to the sheer craziness of the report- well done.

Graham

I was expecting something closure to a row boat, fitted for but not with bows and arrows

Riga

You meant kayak, surely.

andy reeves

like the gosport ferry?

captain P Wash

Loving all the Serious reply’s !!!!

Sean

On the plus side, if they’re built in France, they won’t have to sail across the Channel before they start sinking French vessels – they can open fire from their slipways 👍🏻

Daniele Mandelli

Lol!

A resurrected article, you’ve done that before.

I laughed a year ago at that little thing and am laughing again now!

Was a autonomous MCMV thingy I recall.

I really fear for the Royal Navy or, should we say Parliament’s Navy in these more enlightened times or Parley for short. I see there are to be no armaments aboard apart from cricket balls but, we no longer have a Truman delivery system nor even a Snow so, much use that will be. I also noticed in the picture the severe lack of outriggers to catch fish and I suppose that hand lines will be issued to all crew and refugees for “fish for the capture of” What indeed has happened to the navy of Nelson and Hood not… Read more »

This article made me laugh. Thank you UKDJ. In these times of Brexshit I needed a laugh