Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Defence
  • /
  • Babcock moves Type 31 programme into multi-ship phase

Defence Events

Babcock moves Type 31 programme into multi-ship phase

Babcock International Group has marked another milestone in the delivery of the Royal Navy Type 31 frigates, with the laying of the keel for HMS Active, the second of the five-ship Inspiration class programme.

Image courtesy Babcock

This marks the move into the programme’s multi-ship phase which sees two warships being built simultaneously, with work continuing only metres away on the first of the Inspiration class, HMS Venturer.

Invited guests, along with Babcock employees and their families, saw the time-honoured shipbuilding ceremony for HMS Active, in advance of a family fun day and BBQ at the Fife facility.

Advertisement
Marshall RT

The keel laying event, with a focus on the skilled employees behind the build, involved placing a specially commissioned coin under the keel which will be presented to the captain and crew when the ship is ready to sail. In keeping with tradition, Babcock asked their youngest apprentice, first-year Electrical Fitter, Robbie Dick, to ‘do the honours’ and place the specially designed coin under the keel.

Amongst Babcock’s guests on the day were members of the UK Royal Navy, the UK MoD’s procurement agency Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and representatives from Poland’s MIECZNIK frigate consortium.

The Polish frigate programme, which like the UK’s Type 31 and Indonesian Merah Putih frigate programme, is based on Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 design, recently reached a milestone of its own, cutting steel for the first of three vessels.   

John Howie, Babcock’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Interim CEO Marine said: “Type 31 is an incredibly important programme for Babcock, our Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence customer and for the wider UK Shipbuilding industry.  Today we see first-hand the dedication and commitment from our team here in Rosyth and we are hugely proud to be able to share this traditional ceremony and programme milestone for HMS Active with our customer, families and friends.
 
“The success of this programme is founded on the strong relationship with our customer and the mission we jointly share, which is inspiring our teams each and every day to strive for excellence, delivering this future capability the Royal Navy needs”.

Advertisement
ODU RT

Inspired by the ship’s name, hundreds of Babcock employees also took a pledge to ‘Be Active’ and set themselves an activity-based goal during the weeks leading up to the keel laying ceremony. As part of the day, many of those who participated in the challenge joined the celebrations and swapped stories about how they achieved their own Be Active success.

Babcock continues to recruit a range of roles to support the successful delivery of the Type 31 programme.  The Production Support Operatives (PSO) role, introduced in April last year offers the chance for those without formal qualifications, to work and learn alongside experienced engineers, welders, fitters, and electricians.  The company has also recently welcomed ten new trainee welders on an accelerated apprenticeship programme, offering the opportunity to take National Certificate and SVQ3 qualifications.
 

 

 

Advertisement
L3Harris LB May IR L3Harris LB May IR
DIO and British Army open Buller Conference Centre at Aldershot Garrison

Defence

DIO and British Army open Buller Conference Centre at Aldershot Garrison

24 May 2024

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) through the Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Army Programme, has converted a disused Junior Ranks bar at St Omer Barracks in Aldershot into a modern conference centre.

Babcock bolsters support to Ukraine

Defence

Babcock bolsters support to Ukraine's military

24 May 2024

Babcock is strengthening its continued commitment to Ukraine’s military by establishing an in-country engineering facility that will deliver engineering support including repair and overhaul for Ukraine’s military vehicles.

Harland & Wolff hosts Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Defence

Harland & Wolff hosts Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

24 May 2024

This week, Harland & Wolff hosted the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into defence spending levels across the UK.

Marshall signs MoU with Bluespace at BSDA

Defence Events

Marshall signs MoU with Bluespace at BSDA

23 May 2024

Marshall today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Romanian manufacturer, Bluespace Technology at the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace International Exhibition (BSDA) taking place in Bucharest, Romania, for the design, development and integration of electromagnetic shielding and TEMPEST capabilities within containerised solutions.

Advertisement
Cranfield
Farnborough International partners with The Future Business

Aerospace Defence Space Events

Farnborough International partners with The Future Business

23 May 2024

Farnborough International has partnered with The Future Business to offer a series of career events across its portfolio to inspire the next generation of aerospace, defence and space pioneers.

Unison Ltd launches new website

Aerospace Defence

Unison Ltd launches new website

23 May 2024

Scarborough based manufacturer of tube bending machines and the inventor of ultra-precise all-electric tube manipulation, Unison Ltd, has launched a brand-new website that has been specially created to better reflect its considerable product offering.

Advertisement
Marshall RT 2