Linda Reynolds, the Australian Minister for Defence, has visited the Govan shipyard to witness the build progress being made on GLASGOW, the first in class City Class Type 26.

Australia is building 9 ‘Hunt class’ variants of the Type 26 Frigate.

During her visit, BAE say that she announced the latest Type 26 supplier contract with Airspeed, an Adelaide-based company specialising in ‘design and build’ applications of composite materials for aerospace, maritime and energy-related projects.

Airspeed has been awarded the contract to provide the replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the first batch of three Type 26 ships which will run until 2023.

The RASSM allows for the resupply of ammunition and small of amounts of stores whilst the ship is at sea.

BAE said in a release:

“This is the second supplier from South Australia to supply into the Type 26 programme as part of our Global Access Program, joining: Electro Optic Systems, Liferaft Systems Australia, Thales Australia, Mackay Consolidated Rubber, Rowlands Metalworks and CBG Systems (Moonraker).”

The Australian Defence Minister

Steve Barlow, Airspeed Managing Director, said:

“In recent years, we have evolved our aerospace background to roll out lightweight structural composites for the Collins class submarines and local warship programmes. This latest contract with BAE Systems to design and build a lightweight replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the Type 26 is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and technology innovation we have in our company.”

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said:

“It was fantastic to be hosted by BAE Systems today at Govan shipyard where I witnessed the progress of GLASGOW, first in class Type 26.”

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andy reeves

i hope he had a grumble at the speed they are built


I hope she had a grumble…

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Barry Larking

‘I hope her Hon the Minister had a grumble …’ The caption under the photograph is insufficient also.


And go back in a years time and not much will have changed. I have images of bae employees sitting around having extended tea breaks being told to work slower.

Nigel Collins

LOL?, I wonder what they are looking at exactly?
Answers on a postcard to, HMG, care of the defence select committee!


A symbolic visit, perhaps ?

andy reeves

more like a shambolic visit!! don’t they come with drum kits? or do i mean symbols

Paul T

Lots of Red Oxide Primer I expect lol .


Clearly a matelot doing a full mooney whilst clenching a burning Union Flag between his buttocks!


ah, the dance of the flaming arseholes , remember it well. ouch

andy reeves

dance of th flaming arse*oles as it was called on bugis street in singapore

Alan Reid

Hi Nigel, Plenty to see, there is already a substantial hull section of the first Type 26 (HMS Glasgow) already on the quayside.

Nigel Collins

That’s some good news at least Alan, thank you for the update!


Its the govt… They have slowed it all down. WWII was faught in less time than this build

andy reeves

don’t deserve the contracts in the first place ffs 4 years to build an opv, the pompey yard built a battleship in under a year. the clyde should be producing two ships per year


I think they are just trying to spread the build over a long period of time so the shipyards dont go bankrupt because of lack of activity. I am not sure that it is a good idea to build 10 ships in one year and then lay off everyone. It is not like there is a war and the ships are needed urgently. But shipbuilding know how and competence will be needed for years to come and develop the future ships of the navy in the upcoming decades. And if a war breaks out, it is easier to scale up… Read more »


The government and shipyards both need to get their act together. Ordering as few ships as possible is crippling our navy and giving us the least value for money possible.
Then even when we do order ships we pay through the roof regardless of quality and capability. The R2s are not much cheaper than the Dutch Holland opvs but are worlds apart in terms of technology and capability.

Paul T

I don’t think there is any danger of this particular Shipyard going bust due to lack of orders – quite the opposite.With a potential 5 more T26’s to be ordered plus the prospect of a T45 replacement the future looks good,the main threat to the yard is a lack of efficiency and more importantly quality surely.

andy reeves

we eed 5 more t45’s as well

andy reeves

ffs it takes the clyde 4 years to build an opv


Might be a few sheets of metal to see!


As someone who lives just across the river from BAe Govan there is certainly a module there which is larger than those of the OPVs.


Minor glitch in the works: The first RAN Type-26 will be HMAS Hunter, named for Vice Admiral John Hunter, the second governor of New South Wales. So the class will be known as the ‘Hunter’ class, not ‘Hunt’ (what a silly bunt).

chaz baz

In a few years maybe our defence minister can visit our Aussie friends to see what a completed Type 26 looks like ?‍♂️?‍♀️?‍♀️?‍♂️

Stephen Morgan

I live around the corner from the buildings that are currently under construction for this contract. The prototype modules are due to be built during the latter part of 2020. So assume keel laying of the future HMAS Hunter in early to mid 21. Allow a 3 year build, so maybe a projected launch date around mid to late 24, commissioning 2 years later. 1st of class always runs late, so perhaps add a year. That’s a least 7 years from now. HMS Glasgow and at least one sister ship will be in the water well before then.

andy reeves

poor lady, all that way for f*** all.


Think she was there for a conference – the ship visit was a minor part of her visit.

Alex T

Nice headline 🙂


Might have been covered elsewhere but not been on for a while ….does anyone have an accurate picture of the UK build percentage of these Australian vessels?…
Obviously will be built down under but wondering as to UK etc?
Cheers in advance


On the Hunter class i understand the weapons will 100% US supplied, the sensors i think will be US/Australian, the hull 100% Australian assembled but the propulsion gearboxes are to be made in the UK. I’m guessing there will be a lot of other auxiliary parts UK made.


Cheers for the info and others that have commented.


I wonder if Tempest was discussed during her UK visit.


So what benefit does the UK actually receive from other nations building our ship designs?

Matthew East

Scale in common systems driving costs down, ability to spread the R&D across a larger fleet and even at times fully recoup the R&D thus driving costs down oh and gives the RN a little more operational maneuverability if other nations also operate the same/similar ships if they are deployed together.


Very good points, but how does using another nations design work? The UK has invested god knows how much into BAE to produce the design. How is it good sense that other nations can then simply just decide they want a Type 26 Frigate and just gain access to its sepcs to build in their own nations? There’s no kind of payment at all?


Australia paid plenty of millions to BAE (and the other competitors) to modify and finalise the design for the SEA5000 competition. They would be paying BAE more for design clarification now the Australian version Type 26 is about to be built here. This is only fair.

Matthew East

There actually would be a payment. Think of it like a licensing fee. Nation X will pay nation Y an agreed upon amount for the design to build ?? number of ships or at times will pay a higher amount to acquire full IP (Intellectual property) rights to the design. For the purchasing nation this can be a benefit as it gives them free will to change the design as they see fit without the nation that designed it chucking a hissy fit (Happened with Australia when we modified the propeller on the Collins class Sweden started winging and ended… Read more »

Stephen Morgan

Apart from comments already made, the Hunter class will be equiped with, at least, RR MT30 gas turbines, Ultra bow Sonar, Thales array sonar, GE propulsion units. All built in the UK. These are high value pieces of kit.


Good show indeed Helions. What needs doing as a matter of urgency is to ‘up-arm’ the OPV’s to help cope with an escalation in these sorts of incidents. This would be the quickest(in fact virtually ONLY) option available to provide more teeth in the short term, although the Archers fitted for but not with 20mm cannons could also be deployed in some areas


Thanks helions, though mentioned on BBC News channel, there’s not yet any info at all on their website.

Nigel Collins

It’s time we considered completing two ships every 2/3 years.
That’s twelve T26 hulls in total.

I believe this hull could form the new platform for additional Type 45’s?

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Juan Ortiz

Love our usa allies