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First Royal Navy Type 31 frigate to hit the water this year

2nd June 2023 - 15:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


HMS Venturer under construction at Babcock's Rosyth shipyard. (Photo: Royal Navy via Twitter/Crown Copyright)

The first of the Royal Navy’s future Inspiration-class Type 31 frigates, HMS Venturer, is scheduled to hit the water this year.

Its builder Babcock will deliver the first-in-class vessel to the UK MoD later in 2025.

Defence Procurement Minister James Cartlidge confirmed the dates in a recent response to a Parliamentary Question.

Venturer is scheduled to enter service with the RN two years after its delivery in 2027.

Since a contract for the vessels was signed in 2019, the MoD has agreed with Babcock to a £40 million increase in the overall programme cost due to the impact of COVID-19 and supply chain volatility.

This £40 million figure amounts to around 3% of the production cost of the ships, which,

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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