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Huge 260-tonne piece of new Type 31 frigate HMS Venturer heads for the paint hall

Watch: A section of HMS Venturer is moved ready for painting.

The construction of HMS Venturer, the first of five new Royal Navy Type 31 frigates is well under way in Rosyth, Scotland.

Weighing a whopping 260 tonnes, the second of eight 'grand blocks' is on the move ready to be painted.  

HMS Venturer's Twitter account posted a video of 'grand block 02' being transported from the production hall to the paint hall, with HMS Prince of Wales visible in the background.

HMS Venturer is the first of five brand new Royal Navy Type 31 frigates being built in the brand-new assembly hall in Rosyth dockyard.

Construction of HMS Venturer began in April 2023 with a formal keel-laying ceremony.

The Hall allows for two frigates to be constructed at the same time so HMS Venturer will be built over the coming months and, alongside it from next year, will be the second ship in the class, HMS Active.

In a tribute to the UK's rich naval heritage, the five Type 31 frigates are to be named after their illustrious predecessors.

These vessels will pay homage to their namesakes, which achieved fame for their remarkable feats and acts of bravery.

Among them, HMS Venturer stands as a prime example, named in honour of the pioneering submarine that achieved the historic milestone of successfully torpedoing and sinking an enemy vessel while both crafts were submerged.

With each vessel costing £250m each, the Royal Navy is expecting the delivery of the first five Type 31 frigates by 2028.

Set to replace the Type 23 frigates, the new Type 31s are a crucial part of the Government's strategy to bolster the Royal Navy's fleet of warships in the years ahead.

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