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RN's future Type 32 will have autonomous offboard focus

9th November 2021 - 11:31 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Babcock is proposing its Arrowhead 140 design as a base for the future Type 32 frigate. (Photo: Babcock)

The future Type 32 frigate will bolster the size of the RN escort fleet.

The future Type 32 frigate for the UK RN will have a focus on autonomous offboard capabilities, the UK MoD has confirmed to Shephard.

An early concept phase for the programme is now underway and will focus on refining the operational requirement for the ships.

During a 2 November Parliamentary Defence Committee hearing, the former First Sea Lord (soon to be Chief of the Defence Staff) ADM Sir Tony Radakin said the future frigate would be a general-purpose ship.

An RN spokesperson told Shephard: 'The Type 32 programme will increase the size of the fleet and, with a

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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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