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DSEI 2019: Royal Navy watchers a-quiver as Arrowhead 140 gets the go-ahead

12th September 2019 - 08:32 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


The multi-episode marathon that has been the UK Royal Navy’s Type 31e light frigate saga has finally come to a conclusion with the announcement on 12 September that Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 has won the £1.25 billion ($1.54 billion) programme for the five-ship build.

Rumours had been flying around London’s DSEI exhibition for days, with industry tight-lipped both at the show and earlier events about the prospects of a decision finally being made. 

Babcock, leading its Team 31 for the bid, stated on 12 September that it had been selected by the UK MoD for the build. Its Rosyth facility will

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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