Construction of First Type 26 / City-class Frigate Progressing Well


Guto Bebb MP, the recently appointed UK Minister for Defence Procurement, visited BAE Systems’ Clyde shipyards and witnessed progress on the Type 26 programme as production started on the second hull section of GLASGOW, the first of the City Class frigates.


BAE TYPE 26 Frigate PROGRESS SYSTEMSBAE Systems has commenced manufacture on the second hull section of the future HMS Glasgow. This will house the main machinery space, aviation stores for embarked helicopters and a recreational area for the ships’ 59 senior rates. BAE Systems picture.


Manufacture of the first Type 26, GLASGOW, began in July 2017 and is progressing well with production starting on the second zone of the ship. The first hull section is already taking shape at the Govan yard and the second houses the main machinery space, aviation stores for embarked helicopters and a recreational area for the ships’ 59 senior rates.

With a cutting edge platform design and the ability to adapt to the requirements of different navies, the Type 26 design has been proposed for the Australian Government’s anti-submarine warfare frigate programme (SEA5000) and the Canadian Surface Combatant programme (CSC).

The Type 26 is an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare frigate that will provide essential protection to our nuclear deterrent and aircraft carriers, building on the pedigree of the Royal Navy’s current Type 23 frigates.

Its flexible design will allow its weapon systems to be adapted throughout its lifespan to counter future threats. The Type 26 benefits from the latest advances in digital technologies, including 3D and virtual reality, which ensures that the ship’s design is refined earlier in the process.

The Type 26 will replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, with the first set to enter service in the early 2020s and the last remaining in service beyond the middle of the century.


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