Babcock International was awarded the contract in November 2019 for the design and construction of five Type 31 frigates. The T31 frigates are being built and integrated at Babcock’s Rosyth facility, in Scotland.
The T31 programme will support around 2,500 jobs in total, including 1,250 jobs across the wider UK supply chain.
The five ships will be known as the Inspiration Class, representative of the Royal Navy’s future vision: HMS Venturer, HMS Active, HMS Formidable, HMS Bulldog and HMS Campbeltown.
HMS Venturer, the first Type 31 frigate, had steel cut in September 2021, signifying the start of production of the Inspiration Class. HMS Active, the second frigate, had steel cut in January 2023.