UK Navy’s Type 31 frigate assembly hall unveiled in Rosyth, Scotland

14 December 2020 (Last Updated December 14th, 2020 14:47)

The British Royal Navy’s module hall for the construction of the next-generation Type 31 frigates has been unveiled in Rosyth, Scotland.

UK Navy’s Type 31 frigate assembly hall unveiled in Rosyth, Scotland
The frigates are being built for the Royal Navy by Babcock Team 31. Credit: Royal Navy.

The British Royal Navy’s module hall for the construction of the next-generation Type 31 frigates has been unveiled in Rosyth, Scotland.

The new 147m-high Rosyth assembly hall features 30m-high ‘megadoors’ and will allow assembly work to be carried out on two vessels simultaneously side-by-side.

Babcock awarded the £31.5m contract to build the module hall to Robertson Construction.

The project has helped maintain 100 jobs and generate five new full-time roles at Robertson, as well as supported an additional 100 roles.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Defence underpins a wealth of jobs and investment across the entire United Kingdom.

“Babcock’s ‘frigate factory’ in Rosyth demonstrates the huge footprint of prosperity that defence brings.

“This vast industrial facility will see Scottish shipbuilders build our latest warships to take pride of place in the Royal Navy fleet.”

The start of construction on the new hall was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony in April and assembly of the first five Type 31s will start next year.

The frigates are being built by Babcock Team 31 with the first ship scheduled to be in the water by 2023.

In August, Babcock Team 31 completed a Whole Ship Preliminary Design Review (WSPDR) for the Type 31 vessel.

In February, the UK Navy selected Thales as the mission systems integrator for its Type 31 general purpose frigate programme.

Babcock chief corporate affairs officer John Howie said: “The Type 31 programme is re-energising the UKs’ maritime capability through innovative, next-generation, UK ship design and build.

“The infrastructure investment underway at Rosyth builds on our exceptional heritage, experience and engineering insight, delivering a very real step change in capacity and capability for modern UK shipbuilding.”