The composite mast for Type 26 Frigate HMS Glasgow has arrived on the Clyde from specialist supplier Umoe Mandal in Norway.
The composite mast for HMS Glasgow, First in Class, Type 26 currently being constructed in our UK Shipyards for @RoyalNavy has just arrived in our yards from our Norwegian specialist supplier @UmoeMandal. #HMSGLASGOW, #Type26, #GlobalCombatShip, #Glasgow pic.twitter.com/xdmP237FcB
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) April 22, 2021
Last year, Umoe Mandal was awarded a contract for three shipsets of composite mast and SCOT Sponsons structures for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates, designed and manufactured by BAE Systems.
Recently, the forward block of HMS Glasgow (the first of 8 Type 26 Frigates) was rolled out of the build hall at Govan. You can watch this by clicking on the link below.
The forward ‘superblock’ will be joined to the aft ‘superblock’ over the coming weeks to form one complete Type 26 Frigate hull.
The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow. The eight 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.