HMS Glasgow, currently being built on the river running through her namesake, has now had her bow section attached.
BAE tweeted the following.
Breaking out the bow on #HMSGLASGOW.
Every aspect of our Type 26 Global Combat Ship is digitally designed from the smallest pipe to her imposing bow. #HMSGLASGOW – really taking shape. #26on26. pic.twitter.com/XbeaulLK0W
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) January 26, 2021
Eight of these ships will replace the eight dedicated anti-submarine Type 23 frigates which will reach the end of their active lives by the mid 2030s.
In addition to the Clyde built Type 26, five Rosyth built Type 31 general purpose frigates are intended to replace the general-purpose Type 23s currently in service and also coming towards the end of their long careers.
According to the Royal Navy:
“Just over half of HMS Glasgow is now complete or under construction, out of eight planned vessels in the class (all are named, three have been ordered, two are in build at Govan – HMS Cardiff is No.2).
Once the fore and aft sections are complete they will be joined on the hard in front of the block hall, before the bridge/main mast are craned into place. The completed ship will then be ‘launched’ by being lowered into the Clyde via a barge, then towed downstream to BAE’s yard at Scotstoun to complete fitting out.
The 26s replace the ‘souped-up’ anti-submarine Type 23s which will begin retiring from service later this decade after more than 30 years on patrol, while still to come are five Type 31 general duty frigates which have yet to be named and will replace their five Type 26 counterparts like for like.”
It should be noted that the above quote from the Royal Navy is incorrect, the five Type 31 Frigates which have yet to be named will actually replace their five Type 23 general purpose frigate counterparts like for like.