Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

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Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby MikeJames » 17 Nov 2019 08:40

This is for the Type 31 frigate, designed to be substantially cheaper than the Type 26, with price being the overwhelming driver. The RM wanted frigates, the Treasury won't fund the numbers of Type 26 frigates needed so the result is the bargain basement Type 31, which will be doing duty as West Indies and Flakland Island guardships, plus training roles.

The selected design, the 'Arrowhead 140' concept by Babcock and BMT, is based heavily on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates for the Royal Danish Navy


Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

A deal has been signed for the construction of five new navy frigates.

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Artist impression of the Type 31 frigate. Picture: Babcock/PA Wire

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £1.25bn contract to Babcock for the construction of new Type 31 frigates.

The frigates, expected to be based in Portsmouth, will feature the Sea Ceptor missile system, a combat system with a 4D air and surface surveillance and more.

Each ship will cost approximately £250m.

An MoD spokeswoman said: ‘Today we have signed a contract with Babcock for the design and build of five Type 31 general purpose frigates.

‘We expect to have the first ship in the water by 2023, with five ships delivered by the end of 2028.’

Construction of the new ships is set to take place in Rosyth, Scotland.
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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby MikeJames » 19 May 2021 23:58

The RN have announced the names of their five new Type 31 Frigates which will be known as the Inspiration class.

HMS Active, Bulldog, Campbeltown, Formidable and Venturer.

The names were selected to represent ‘key themes and operations’ that are set to dominate the mission of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Formidable will represent carrier operations; Bulldog, the operational advantage in the North Atlantic; Active, the forward deployment of ships across the globe; Venturer, the drive for technology and innovation; and Campbeltown representing the Royal Marines new Future Commando Force.

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Obviously the RN of today have absolutely no respect for traditions, after all its not like they don't have plenty of frigate and destroyer names to choose from..

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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby RussF172 » 20 May 2021 12:28

God awful names. They had a much better choice of names than we do.
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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby littoralcombat » 20 May 2021 14:36

Gents,
I don't think it's so much the actual names themselves. All have a bit of interesting History to them. It is more the lack of commonality and respective association.
Active is good, but I wish they had stuck with all traditional 'A's, like the Type 21's.
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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby MichaelB » 20 May 2021 16:23

Not really good choices of names. The last Active was a type 21, last Bulldog was a survey ship, Campbeltown is not a traditional RN name and there were only two of them, Formidable was a carrier and the last Venturer was a trawler converted into a minesweeper. Apparently commissioned from 1978 to 1983.

Afraid a frigate armed with a 57mm gun and a couple of 40mm bofors doesn't sound very Formidable to me. They should have named one after Boris Johnson. HMS Buffoon has a certain ring to it. :D
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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby SlatsSSN » 21 May 2021 13:59

It would be good to find out for members, if the hulls are fundamentally the same as the Iver Huitfeldt class frigate to which I understand that these are based off. Do we know?
Only asking as Tim makes a beautiful hull that might be 100% compatible should members wish to build these RN versions.

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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby littoralcombat » 21 May 2021 17:54

Possibly John, but we are unlikely to find out for many years....if ever. So Tim's hull would do the job.
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Re: Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet

Postby MikeJames » 22 May 2021 12:20

There are modelers who have already built models of the Type 31, but its a lot of guesswork.

My thought is that it will evolve a bit before being finalised, so I'd expect we won't know for at least 6-8 years. Look at how the Type 26 continues to evolve in all three navies as the design firms up and construction commences. The same is very likely for the Type 31, let alone the Type 32 and 83s.

On the other hand, images like these would be a good starting point for someone who really wanted to build one. The hull probably won't change all that much, its the topside superstructure, weapons and particularly the sensors of your model that will need to be modified as the ships start to complete.

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