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Rollout of forward section of Type 26 HMS Glasgow


According to a press release published by BAE Systems on April 19, 2021, the forward section of HMS GLASGOW which contains the bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces, was manoeuvred into position on the hardstand at Govan yard where it will be joined by the aft section in the coming weeks in a move that lasted 90 minutes.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow (Picture source: BAE Systems)


HMS GLASGOW is the first in a new generation of cutting-edge Type 26 frigates, designed and built in the ship’s namesake city. Supporting more than 4,000 jobs across the UK, the programme is making a significant contribution to the nation’s economic recovery by maintaining much-needed skills and capabilities. To date, more than £1bn has been invested across the programme’s supply chain, with more than 100 suppliers globally.

While HMS GLASGOW moves out into the open air for the first time, work continues on the second in class, HMS CARDIFF, with construction to start on HMS BELFAST later in the year.

The Type 26 frigate is an advanced anti-submarine warship, which will deliver critical protection of the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent and Carrier Strike Group. The ships will replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, with the first set to enter service in the mid-2020s.

Each Type 26 will be equipped with a range of world-class capabilities including the Sea Ceptor missile defence system, a 5-inch medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, Artisan 997 Medium Range Radar, and towed array sonars. The flight deck will be able to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook, while the mission bay can quickly adapt to house and deploy vessels, vehicles and containers.

The Type 26 is the original variant of BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship, which supports a close partnership between the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. Australia and Canada both selected a variant of the Type 26 design for their anti-submarine frigate programmes, supporting greater operational, training and intelligence ties between the three nations.