Another Type 26 Frigate has been named, this time HMS Newcastle was chosen.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:

“The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.

The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain.”

Like her sisters, HMS Newcastle will be built in Glasgow.

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I really really wish that these, as our primary combatants had been named differently with more aggressive names.


Any suggestions?

Cam Hunter

We should name one of the Type 31 frigates – HMS Broke….. its my favourite ex RN Ships name… But there are other great EX Royal Navy names like– -HMS Cockchafer -HMS Pansy -HMS Arab -HMS Black joke – HMS Ant -HMS Bittersweet -HMS Awake -HMS Spanker -HMS Camel The list is dam huge lol!! The RN has had thousands of great ships!! And Britain has never been Richer than we are today! So why do we have the smallest Navy, Army and Airforce we’ve almost ever had… 1.5% of GDP isn’t enough on defence, we should spend 3% minimum!,… Read more »

Vin dictive



The Hood for one.


Save it for a railgun battle cruiser! 😉

Barry Larking

” … with more aggressive names.”

Have you ever been to Newcastle …? ‘Geordie Lasses’ would put the fear of God into any enemy!

Seriously, why aren’t we building more, more quickly and … on Tyneside?

David Steepe

No sailors to man them. No money to build and operate them. Keep your fingers crossed Sturgeon saves us from Scotland and we will build them on Merseyside or the Tyne.


Yes ,ask Mrs Sturgeon for her views,on it all.


Good points all of them fella


Have you been in Newcasle or Glasgow city centres on a Friday night.


HMS Gay Centurion? (I mean, that really did exist)

I think the names are just fine. Naming ships after places help to give the public a sense of affiliation and pride. It’s not like we don’t have ‘fighty’ names – see Type 45s, Archer Class, Astutes, and Vanguard Class.


And Dreadnought, that’s a pretty badass name..



Would love to see Warspite return.


Fingers crossed, Warspite will be one of the new Dreadnoughts. We already know it can’t be the D class, so presumably it’ll be a historical class. Warspite and Conqueror would be good choices


How about something truly epic: HMS Thunder Child!

Then again, it didn’t end well for the actual ship of that name!


I like the old names of HMS terror, Terrible etc


‘Nukee Brown?’

The rest of the world wouldn’t have a clue, but it would retain that Newcastle link, whilst scaring the crap out of the enemy.

it would be like the carry on up the Khyber film with the 3rd Foot and Mouth Regiment (The Devils in Skirts),

David Steeper


Bloke down the pub

I see the Canadians’ choice of the Type 26 is being taken through the courts, quelle surprise!

Mr Bell

Please God can we not afford to get more of these vessels and get them built quicker?
Unit price must come down with Aussie and Canadian selection.
Canadian government need to just boot the FREMM complaint away and tell them sovereign decision. Decision made. Bye.


I’d like to see at least 10 each of both Type 26 and Type 31s. Preferably 12.

Perhaps if Gavin Williamson gets his Christmas wish and next year Defence gets a boost, we might get something approaching that.

Cam Hunter

We were almost promised more type 31s than 5 because of the lower cost…..we should get 8 minimum but I can’t even see 1 extra!!.. We are a rich country and can afford a decent sized Navy again or even a couple extra ships than we have!!..

andy reeves

weren’t scottish m.p’s among those who oversaw the culling of the navy?


the reason the NAVY WAS CULLED WAS BECAUSE THOSE IN THE DECISION MAKING POLITICIANS who knew nothing about the navy or its taskings had too much influence

Levi Goldsteinberg

Where my HMS Salisbury at, least those MoD bastards could do for us after the mess this year


How about, just to confuse the [email protected] out of our enemies, HMS Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
(real place name)

Daniele Mandelli


David Flandry

Good one. That’s a rail station in Wales I think. Can you imagine Russians and Chinese trying to pronounce that?
HMA Llanfair for short, or Silly Gooch, or ….

David Steeper

Never mind the Russians and Chinese try to imagine anyone outside Wales trying to pronounce that !

Evan P

Yes it’s a village in Anglesey. It is really a sentence: “Parish of St Mary in Hollow of the White Hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the parish of St Tysilio with a red cave”. I agree with David, but most people here can’t say it anyway!


the country can’t afford all the money to paint all those letters on the ship!


“The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money”

Sooooo not true. They’re being built at uneconomically slow rates to please the Treasury by keeping annual spend low. The result will be just like the carrier & Astute programs and hundreds of millions will be wasted.


Bugger, I was doing so well on predicting their names until this. I guess it just remains to be seen if Edinburgh or Plymouth makes the cut. On a different note, I decided to look at the RN’s standing commitments and how many escorts it would actually take to fulfil them all. Adding in 2 destroyers and 2 frigates for a carrier group, and multiplying by the Rule of 3 (1 ship deployed, 1 in refit, 1 working up), it comes to a minimum of: -6 AAW destroyers -9 ASW frigates -9-15 GP frigates Those numbers are assuming we only… Read more »


That seems eminently sensible as a minimum to protect the UK & serve our interests. It was madness to ever drop below 30 escorts. I wonder often just how quickly our entire escort fleet could be knocked out, remembering attritions like Dunkirk, Crete (Even the Falklands had more of the bombs hitting our ships gone off) etc. We really should have more top level sub hunters rather than 2nd-rate ASW capable ships, but I’ll take Type 31s to get hull numbers stable & hopefully sometime up to realistic, practical levels.

Nick Bowman

Our nuclear submarines will be the focal point of any war against Russia or China. Thank God we’re getting the seventh Astute-class boat. After that, in the list of priorities is protecting the carrier. Our escort fleet will be sufficient for that if they are properly equipped. Take the time to review the strength of those opposing fleets – especially their ability to project power in our home waters. I don’t think there is a great problem.

Nigel Collins

The first three Type 26’s should enter service sometime between 2027/29. That’s a long way off given the increase in Russian activity around the UK, particularly in the Atlantic. So I’m guessing at this rate it will be some time in the 2030’s before all six will be available for deployment?

Nigel Collins

Typo, Eight. Earlier this week our embattled Prime Minister, speaking at the Lord Mayor’s banquet in the capital announced the 8th and final Type 26 frigate will bear the name HMS London. The government may be desperate for some good news stories, but this is scraping the bottom of the PR barrel. The MoD is unable to say when she will be ordered or even approximately which year she will be in service. Projecting from the current glacial rate of construction, this ship could be at least 18 years away from joining the fleet. The contract for the second batch… Read more »


I demand an HMS Helions Bumpstead! Only a Magpie class or smaller will do! WHO do I complain to in the MoD??? This MUST be addressed as I (as most of the country I’m sure) am HIGHLY offended at this inexcusable omission. Anyone think this rant will work?….



Ha Helions-if you think you are offended, with six down and only two to go, what about the good people of Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester !


I suggest a WWF Smackdown event to decide the last names. Toughest fellows in each city go into the cage to decide. Winners get to choose the name – like HMS Helions Bumpstead.

Great idea?


Nigel Collins

This link is also worth reading. The state of the Royal Navy today.
Don’t build your hope up!

Paul Mccunnell

Loving the new names, the old 3rd destroyer squadron of 42’s nearly back


ON the subject of frigates. Presented without comment.



I think I’ve at last found the way to live in this confusing, gender political, fluid identity world. I’ve decided that from now on, I choose to identify as a non-deconstructed heterosexual male …. Now be quiet, there’s a good girl and get the dinner on.

Phew! That’s better.

Cam hunter

We should order 10 corvettes to cover all non escort duties…. 10 corvettes 2bilion… that’s nothing!

captain P Wash.

Them Yankee cars, sure are expensive nowadays Y’all. (typing whilst singing Prince’s “Little red Corvette ).


I think the remaining Dreadnought class will be: Valiant, Courageous and Warspite. These names are circulating the corridors.

Harry Nelson

and now HMS EDINBURGH added…..