Pictured: HMS Venturer ships company looking at the ship in the large facility building in Rosyth Dockyard, the future Type 31 Frigate.

The first crew have joined HMS Venturer – the lead vessel of five Type 31 Inspiration-class Royal Navy frigates which will be deployed around the globe by the end of the decade.

Nine sailors, led by the warship’s Senior Naval Officer Commander Chris Cozens, are the first of ship’s company which will grow to more than 100 when the ship joins the Fleet. It’s the task of the trailblazers to bring the 5,700-tonne warship – whose construction only began in September 2021 – to life, helping to write the ‘operators’ manual’ for Venturer and the four other ships of the class.