“UK is an outward-looking island nation, and we need a shipbuilding industry and Royal Navy that reflect the importance of the seas to our security and prosperity,” Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said on September 12.
In line with this, the team led by UK engineering firm Babcock was selected by UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to build the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 frigates.
Johnson noted that shipbuilding “is an industry with a deep and visceral connection to so many parts of the UK and to the Union itself.”
“My government will do all it can to develop this aspect of our heritage and the men and women who make up its workforce – from apprentices embarking on a long career, to those families who have worked in shipyards for generations,” he added.
“I look forward to the restoration of British influence and excellence across the world’s oceans. I am convinced that by working together we will see a renaissance in this industry which is so much part of our island story – so let’s bring shipbuilding home,” he added.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said “the Type 31 frigates will be a fast, agile and versatile warship, projecting power and influence across the globe. The ships will be vital to the Royal Navy’s mission to keeping peace, providing life-saving humanitarian aid and safeguarding the economy across the world from the North Atlantic, to the Gulf, and in the Asia Pacific.”
“We will make the Type 31 frigate an export success,” said Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss. “Like the Type 26 before it, there has been significant interest in the design and capabilities of the Type 31 from around the world. Countries are modernising their fleets to safeguard against 21st century naval threats and British-built vessels and maritime technology are in high demand. An outward looking United Kingdom will seize this opportunity as we leave the EU.”