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Type 31e Frigate - Leander
Cammell Laird / BAE Systems

Merseyside-based shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird announced 18th October 2017 a new partnership with BAE Systems to position the companies to build five Type 31e Frigates. The Teaming Agreement was formed in response to the UK Ministry of Defence Request for Information and will now be part of a competitive tender process. The agreement had Cammell Laird act as the Prime Contractor to build the Type 31e Frigates with BAE Systems providing warship design, engineering capability and combat systems expertise.

In a press release BAE said: In response to the Ministry of Defences (MOD) evolving requirements as outlined in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, BAE Systems will bring together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the manufacture of the Type 31e, an adaptable general purpose frigate. BAE Systems is focused on the manufacture and delivery of the two QE Class carriers, the five River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and the first three City class Type 26 warships, as well as continuing to develop and upgrade combat management systems on all Royal Navy ships.Taking account our current and future workload, including Type 26, our shipbuilding capacity on the Clyde will be full until the mid 2030s." Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said the company, which is the UKs largest and most successful commercial shipbuilder, is proposing an innovative frigate design, known as Leander, based on existing and proven BAE Systems naval ship designs. Our commercial approach to design selection on merit ensures that Leander meets the T31e requirements with a high level of adaptability to attract the widest range of international customers, he said.

Syvret said the Cammell Laird consortium will include the A&P Group of shipyards and members of the broader UK supply chain. He said this approach has proved successful in the construction of the 150million new artic survey vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough, currently being built at Cammell Laird. This approach means Cammell Laird can offer huge agility for both UK and international customers through our consortia fabrication facilities in Birkenhead, Glasgow, Newcastle and Falmouth, he said.

Cammell Laird has very much welcomed the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the T31e competition. We will offer a UK warship design, a UK combat system, a UK build and a supply chain with high UK content. We will be working with BAE Systems design teams to deliver certainty, speed and agility on this nationally important project. Cammell Laird is proud to be responding as Prime Contractor and we believe we have a T31e offer which will generate further export opportunity. John Hudson, Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime, commented: We are pleased to be working with Cammell Laird with whom we have a strong and effective relationship, having worked with them on the Carrier and Astute programmes. We believe our expertise in warship design and engineering capability, combat management systems and export campaigns, together with Cammell Laird, means we are in an excellent position to contribute to the success of the Type 31e programme.

Cammell Laird has built some of the most iconic Royal Navy warships, including the Leander classes of the 1930s (HMS ACHILLES) and the1960s (HMS AJAX). Cammell Lairds naval construction tradition continues through a close working relationship with BAE Systems and the construction of 1200 tonne flight deck blocks for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and blocks for the complex nuclear powered Astute Submarines.

On 06 September 2017 the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November in his review of the sector. Sir John Parkers independent report into British naval shipbuilding proposed far-reaching recommendations to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy sees the Government accept Sir Johns recommendations and step up to what he called a prospective renaissance in British shipbuilding. Building on the Governments industrial strategy, it outlines an ambition to transform the procurement of naval ships, make the UKs maritime industry more competitive, grow the Royal Navy fleet by the 2030s, export British ships overseas, and boost innovation, skills, jobs, and productivity across the UK.

The strategy announced the Governments plan to procure new Type 31e General Purpose Frigates. A price cap has been set of no more than 250M each for the first batch of five frigates. In line with standing UK policy on warships they will be built in the UK. They could be built in a way which could see them shared between yards and assembled at a central hub. The first ships are set to be in-service by 2023. Shipyards will be encouraged to work with global partners to ensure the vessel is competitive on the export market.

Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19th Century. The business is located on the River Mersey, in the Liverpool City Region, on the West Coast of England. It is in the center of a marine cluster, with direct access to many support services. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. Cammell Laird specialises in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and heavy fabrication and engineering. It deals with a wide variety of projects ranging from specialist offshore conversions and fabrication, commercial ship-repair through to the refit and upgrade of highly complex naval auxiliaries. It has also recently re-entered the ship-building market.

Cammell Laird welcomed Sir Michael Fallon Secretary of State for Defence on a visit to the yard 27 September 2017. The company said during the visit it intends to design and build a world leading Type 31 Frigate that will meet the Royal Navys specification and budget and will market the platform globally and capitalise on major export opportunities to Britains international allies around the world.

Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said it is ready, willing and able to build five new Type 31e frigates for the budgeted 1.25billion for the Royal Navy. Syvret said he discussed the companys strategy and ambition in detail with Sir Michael and confirmed that the company will be putting its full weight and resource behind the tender process in its attempt to win not just the UK Navy order, but other international orders at the same time.

Syvret said: We have worked hard throughout the last decade to re-establish the Cammell Laird brand, and our management and workforce have earned and thoroughly deserve their place in this competition. We have consistently demonstrated that we are internationally competitive, and the winning of the Sir David Attenborough is latest example of this. We never fail to deliver on our promise to our customers in either the commercial or naval sectors and this has been the catalyst to winning repeat business over many. We have a 130 acre site with world class facilities, infrastructure, skills and supply chain partners, and if we are successful in this competition it will provide us with a larger platform and opportunity to drive wealth and prosperity not just on Merseyside but across the country".

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