Michael Fallon has suggested that a Type 26 Frigate could possibly be based in Gibraltar.
The information comes from a debate regarding the Type 26 Frigate.
Bob Stewart (MP for Beckenham) asked:
“Is it possible for the MoD to consider positioning Gibraltar as a home port for at least one of the Type 26 offshore patrol vessels, where the facilities are superb for them and they are in a very good position to operate?”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon replied:
“That is a suggestion I will certainly consider. Gibraltar is a key base for the Royal Navy. I think last week we had two, possibly three, ships from the Royal Navy calling in on Gibraltar, and Gibraltar of course retains its affiliation to the Crown despite the recent referendum.”
Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond conducted a ‘Sovereignty Patrol’ of Gibraltars waters last week and is now docked at the territory before deploying to counter arms and people trafficking.
According to BAE, the Type 26 will be a highly capable and versatile multi-mission warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations anywhere on the world’s oceans.