Shield Marine Services wins contract for Royal Navy's Type 31 frigate

According to a PR published by Shield Marine Services on February 18, 2022, UK-based Shield Marine Services has been awarded the contract for Supply, and Installation of the Fire, Thermal & Acoustic Insulation to the Type 31 General Purpose Frigates for the UK Royal Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Model of future Type 31 frigate (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The order is for supply to five vessels and was received from Babcock International Group. Babcock will build the Type 31 Frigates at their Rosyth site in Scotland.

The Type 31 frigate or Inspiration class, and formerly known as the Type 31e frigate or General Purpose Frigate (GPF), is a planned class of frigate intended to enter service with the United Kingdom's Royal Navy in the 2020s alongside the submarine-hunting Type 26 frigate.

Type 31 is a general-purpose frigate with a displacement of 5700 tonnes and a length of 138.7 m (455 ft). The ship is equipped with 4 x Rolls Royce/MTU 20V 8000 M71 (8.2-MW) diesel engines, 4 x Rolls Royce/MTU 16V 2000 M41B (900kW) generators, a MAN Alpha VBS Mk 5 CP propeller, two shafts and a CODAD. It can reach the maximum speed of 28 knots and has an endurance of 9,000 nautical miles.