UK-based Babcock has celebrated a number of major milestones in the Miecznik frigate programme in Poland.
Following a strategic co-operation agreement signed in 2022, the UK-based company finalised a design licence agreement with the PGZ-Miecznik consortium which allows them to build three frigates for the Polish Navy.
The deal is the second export licence for Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 product, following a similar agreement in Indonesia in 2021.
To mark the start of the construction on the first Miecznik frigate, Babcock employees, including CEO David Lockwood, attended the steel cutting for the first vessel at the PGZ Shipyard in Gydnia.
At the milestone event, together with PGZ SA, Babcock also entered into a framework agreement with the intention of forming a joint venture that will further strengthen the partnership.
“Combining our shipbuilding and equipment support capabilities, we will work more closely to deliver the Miecznik frigate programme,” Babcock said.
“This will also allow us to seek opportunities to partner in supporting other naval and wider defence programmes and the potential development of broader international opportunities, looking at optimising resources, capabilities and infrastructure across both organisations. We look forward to progressing our relationships with our Polish colleagues and delivering a first-class frigate for the Polish Navy.