Babcock Team 31 were today announced by the Ministry of Defence as the preferred bidder on the Type 31 frigate programme.
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:
“The UK has a global reputation for excellence in naval shipbuilding, and today’s announcement that Babcock, in partnership with Thales, will design and build the Type 31 is welcome news for the UK defence and shipbuilding industry.
“This contract will protect and create high-value UK jobs, contribute to national prosperity, protect our national security and provide potential for export orders with our international allies and partners.
“The long-term programme of naval shipbuilding at UK shipyards, including both the Type 31 and Type 26, provides a solid foundation for the defence maritime sector to grow its exports, securing the future of this technologically advanced and innovative industry in the UK for the years ahead.”