The Type 31 frigate design has reached an important milestone in ensuring it is ready before construction of the first ship can begin.
The Whole Ship Critical Design Review (WSCDR) is a key indicator of the compliance, maturity and engineering risk that must be understood before production starts. The WSCDR was held virtually over a period of ten days and comprised of a large number of reviews to assess the the individual systems and equipment for the Type 31 Frigate.
An independent board of twelve experts reviewed the design, interrogated the engineering team and provided advice to Babcock (the Design Authority), with attendees and contributors from the MoD. Good progress made been made since the Preliminary Design Review in June 2020 and the level of technical maturity of the design is on track, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Completing the CDR gives confidence to fully develop the 3D CAD model and move towards the generation of build drawings in readiness to cut the first steel and begin ship assembly later this year. Work at Rosyth has been underway since last year on construction of ship cradles, build stools and ground supports. These form part of the essential infrastructure required to enable construction, and are designed to support the vessels upright as they are being built.