BAE Systems has awarded a further 15 manufacturing contracts to suppliers of the Type 26 programme, which entered the manufacturing phase in July.

BAE say they are increasing the number of UK maritime jobs supported by the programme to over 4,500.

In total 44 companies are now working directly with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 ships and the recent contract awards, worth more than £40m, include diesel and gearbox filtration, vibration monitoring equipment, and pipework and fittings.

One of the largest contracts awarded was to Goodwins Steel Casting where the shaft brackets supplied by the Staffordshire company will help support more than 380 jobs.

Goodwins Managing Director, Steven Birks said:

“We are delighted to have been selected to supply the critical duty steel castings for the Royal Navy’s first three City Class Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

By engaging early with BAE Systems our engineering teams have developed castings that will exceed the stringent technical requirements set out in the tender, and will be manufactured from our advanced facilities here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

The 15 companies awarded contracts are as follows

CompanyEquipmentManufacture/Distribution location
Bruel & KjaerHull Vibration Monitoring EquipmentNaerum, Denmark
CalzoniMain Hanger Closure & Mission Bay enclosuresBologna, Italy
GEADiesel fuel filtration and Gearbox filtrationChateau Thierry, France and Oelde, Germany
Goodwins Steel CastingsShaft bracketsStoke on Trent, UK
Hutchinson Stop-chocWholeship mountsSlough, UK
JB pipelineMetallic pipe fittings and pipe materialGrangemouth & Inverurie, UK
Liferaft Systems AustraliaMarine evacuation systemTasmania, Australia
Mackay Consolidated Industries Pty.Pipe hanger insertsVictoria, Australia
Oglaend System UK limitedFirst fix support systemBirmingham, UK
PecoFACETAVCAT filterLa Coruna, Spain
Raytheon AnschutzVisual Surveillance System (VSS)Kiel, Germany
RightonMetallic pipe fittings and pipe materialGlasgow and Birmingham, UK
Rolls RoyceReplenishment at SeaNewcastle, UK
SPX InternationalWholeship strainersNewbury, UK
Whippendell Marine LimitedHelicopter Starting and Servicing SystemWatford, UK

Nadia Savage, BAE Systems, Programme Director for Type 26 Global Combat Ship, said:

“Working together with the very best talent in the UK and overseas to deliver the most advanced warship of its type is extremely exciting. With manufacturing underway for GLASGOW, the first of the three City Class Type 26 frigates [in this batch], we are working at pace with our suppliers to deliver these hugely capable ships to the Royal Navy. Today’s announcement demonstrates once again that the construction of these ships is now very much underway.”


    • Considering peoples lives are at stake when on duty on these things I’d rather have the best equipment for the job rather than insist on stuff being British built.

    • I agree in part. But Baz, how much would they cost if all parts were British supplied?
      One reason why our military is being eaten into is the sheer cost of home made stuff.
      MoD needs to strike a balance and get value for money.
      I could not give a monkeys that the Marine Evacuation System comes from Tasmania!
      I do give a monkeys that the first batch of 3 is what 3 billion plus.

    • baz – We live in a world of Global Supply Chains, centres of excellence and major assembly plants. A ‘British Built’ Land Rover has parts from all over the world. And in return they are sold all over the world. If we want to export this and the Type31e then we should be prepared to buy the best equipment at best cost because that is how the completed ships will be judged by export customers.

  1. Broke? Only when it suits us it seems. God help us with this new minister. Looks a bean counter extraordinarre! I just hope the chiefs of staff are ready to quit en masse when we cut the Navy to a coastal defence force and the army are left with a few dozen ‘cutting edge’ tanks that are too slow and now have an outdated main gun. Don’t hold your breath on that one!


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