Work has started on the second section of the first Type 26 ‘City class’ frigate HMS Glasgow in her namesake city.
The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow. The UK Government say they are committed to eight of the type, this was outlined in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The Type 26 programme currently employs more than 1,200 people in the UK supply chain, with a number of contracts already in place for the manufacture of major equipment for the first three ships. In total, there are already 33 UK and international companies working in the supply chain to deliver the Type 26 ships.
We have also commenced manufacture on the second hull section of #Type26 frigate, #GLASGOW. This will house the main machinery space, aviation stores for embarked helicopters and a recreational area for the ships’ 59 senior rates pic.twitter.com/YZ5dEwqmMY
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) January 25, 2018
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord said when the name of the first vessel was revealed:
“The Clyde was the birthplace of some of the greatest fighting ships the world has ever known and so cutting steel there today for the future HMS Glasgow is symbolic of a Royal Navy on the rise once again.
As an island nation, we are utterly dependent on the sea for our security and prosperity and the City-class names have been chosen for the Type 26 to provide an enduring link between the Royal Navy and our great centres of commerce and industry.
The name Glasgow brings with it a string of battle honours, stretching from the Arctic Circle to the South Atlantic.”
It will be the ninth HMS Glasgow in the Royal Navy’s history, dating back to 1707.