UK-based pump manufacturer Hamworthy Pumps announced it has been awarded a contract by Babcock International Group to supply pump solutions for five Type 31 frigates that will be built for the Royal Navy.
By 2028, Babcock International Group will have built five new Type 31 frigates for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, and Hamworthy Pumps will supply the pump solutions.
The contract will see the company deliver a total of 235 pumps over a five-year period.
This is not the first time the company will be supplying pumps for Royal Navy vessels, having previously delivered its solutions for the Type 23 frigates.
“The Hamworthy business was founded in 1914 on Poole Quay in Dorset, and we are proud to once again have the opportunity to contribute to an important frigate program in the United Kingdom. We are currently expanding our Poole capabilities, and this order shows that we have the right setup to handle large and complex projects in the region,” says Jim McGookin, key account manager at Hamworthy Pumps and responsible for the collaboration with Babcock International Group.
According to the newly appointed CEO, Hans Christiaan Laheij, the Type 31 program will be an important reference in the coming years as the company is further increasing its focus on the navy segment.
“Hamworthy Pumps has a long history as a supplier for naval projects and a significant installed base on military ships in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands, among others. In addition to the contract for the Type 31 frigates, we also have significant contracts for new ships for the US Navy. It gives us an excellent position to be considered for other upcoming naval projects,” Laheij said.
The Type 31 frigates are being built by Babcock under a contract from November 2019. The five ships are to be delivered by 2027 at a price of £250 million per ship. The 138-meter ships will carry Bofors 40 Mk4 and Bofors 57 Mk3 naval guns and vertical launch system (VLS) cells for Sea Ceptor missiles.