Unite the Union today (12 September) welcomed the announcement that Rosyth will play a leading role in the construction of the Type 31e frigates ahead of the preferred bidder being announced to the stock exchange.

Babcock, which owns the Rosyth yard, has been named preferred bidder as part of the Royal Navy’s £1.25 billion contract for five Type 31 warships. The Babcock Arrowhead 140 design team beat competition from other companies in the bidding process. The successful consortium includes other Scottish based firms including Thales and Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) along with BMT, and Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

Bob MacGregor, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite is delighted that Rosyth will perform a leading role in the construction of the new Type31e frigates for the Royal Navy. This will secure hundreds of jobs for well over a decade. The contract award is recognition of the highly-skilled workforce based at Rosyth and their dedication to making the yard a success. There will be substantial benefits to the wider Fife economy through the supply-chain and also for the next generation of young people looking at the opportunities for apprenticeships. We look forward to playing our role in making this project a success for Rosyth and the Scottish economy.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country's biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.