Shipbuilding concerns as MoD halts frigates

A NEW series of naval frigates has been put on hold indefinitely by the Ministry of Defence, it has been confirmed.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 6:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 6:19 pm

The acquisition of new Type 31e frigates was abruptly terminated, with the MoD putting it down to a lack of compliant bids.

Intended to replace the Type 23s, the 31e frigates were part of a national shipbuilding strategy, and would have been built at a number of commercial shipyards in the UK.

Some frigates were expected to come to Portsmouth.

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The move has been criticised by trade union GMB, which has described the decision as a '˜body blow' to shipbuilding communities.

National officer Ross Murdoch said: '˜This is a real body blow to many shipbuilding workers and their families the length and breadth of the UK.

'˜Some are already seeing significant redundancies as the carrier programme runs down, while others are in shipyards with a distinct lack of future orders meaning they will see nothing but a gloomy future ahead.'