UK National Shipbuilding Strategy will require “the best of British engineering” and create jobs across the country

The Government has unveiled a new National Shipbuilding Strategy which will play an important role in strengthening our national security and ensuring the UK can continue to compete in the global shipbuilding industry.

A major part of the strategy is the Type 31e programme, which will see a number of new frigates being constructed to replace some of the existing Type 23 frigates currently used by the Royal Navy. The Type 31e frigates are expected to be in service by 2023 and will be geared towards maritime security and defence engagement.   

Much like the construction of the Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new frigates will be built in a modular way. This will see work shared across a number of UK shipyards before the parts are brought together to assemble the ships at a central place.

Chris Thornton, Department Manager of Maritime – Matchtech, comments:

”This is great news for engineers in the UK; the proposals will help safeguard work for the foreseeable future and offer job opportunities across the project lifecycle. The exportable variant should also help to develop the right skills and protect our nation’s already strong heritage in shipbuilding.”

“While I believe that the current talent pool is equipped to deliver complex projects, the maritime sector faces an ageing engineering workforce and skills shortages, which could present challenges to those recruiting for the project. These recruitment challenges could also be compounded by restricted movement of labour from the European Union and increased competition between UK shipyards.”

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