Frigates

UK yards gearing up for shipbuilding boom

UK yards gearing up for shipbuilding boom

The UK shipbuilding industry has been experiencing a resurgence lately. This is driven by ambitious developments at iconic shipyards such as Harland & Wolff and the cutting-edge innovations spearheaded by BAE Systems. These key players are reshaping the industry and contributing to the nation’s maritime prowess in an era of global challenges and opportunities.  Nestled […]

First Type 31, HMS Venturer, taking shape

First Type 31, HMS Venturer, taking shape

The hull of the UK Royal Navy’s first Type 31 frigates, HMS Venturer, is taking shape at Babcock. After less than 18 months since the vessel’s keel was laid, Venturer is beginning to resemble a warship as the giant units and blocks which make up the vessel are slotted into place by Babcock at their […]

UK MoD seeks info on Type 31 gun ammunition

UK MoD seeks info on Type 31 gun ammunition

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a notice regarding a request for information (RfI) for operational and training ammunition for 57mm and 40mm guns on the forthcoming Type 31 frigate. The notice serves to alert the market of an early engagement opportunity to respond to a RfI relating to Type 57mm and 40mm […]

Polish frigate programme reaches major milestones

Polish frigate programme reaches major milestones

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 […]

Bahrain plans FMS upgrade for FFG-7 frigates

Bahrain plans FMS upgrade for FFG-7 frigates

The US Navy has outlined plans for the upgrade of two of the oldest surface combatants still serving in the Middle East region. Acting on behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Program (PMS 326), the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division (NUWC) Keyport has canvassed industry interest in the modernisation of […]

Construction initiated for fourth Type 26 frigate

Construction initiated for fourth Type 26 frigate

In early April 2023, UK Minister for Defence Procurement Alex Chalk attended the ceremony to officially begin construction on the future HMS Birmingham at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard in Glasgow. The steel cutting, marking the official start of build on the fourth of eight Type 26 frigates, was carried out by apprentice burner, Ciaran Baillie, […]

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