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.

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Since when have the Type 26’s been called “offshore patrol vessels?”


What is a Type 26 Offshore Patrol Vessel?

Kevin Perkins

I would prefer to see the Frigates built in Naval Yards again.
Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham.


Seriously the MoD needs to make a bloody decision – find someone who can! The above is waffle, no Type 26/31 approved design let alone a commencement of build. Meanwhile OPV’s will continue to be built that offer no real enhancement to current OPV capability, the original Rivers sold off long before their time simply to placate political promises and cover indecision whilst wasting an astonishing amount of money in the process. Mean while the current frigates are well beyond their shelf life and the Type 45 destroyers under armed and suffering severe engine problems. You could not make this… Read more »


You should have included the RFA Tidespring farce in your sh*tlist.


So the type 26 is now being classified as an OPV instead of a frigate.

Harry Bulpit

We will have very few type 26 to waste on defending Gibraltar and the med. shorly it be better to pot a type 31 in the area instead.

Mick lowe

Who has lost their job reference the type 45 disaster? And will the same mistakes of under arming the new ships be repeated?

Steve Costa del sol

The biggest farce is the 2 carriers. Why do we need them. We have the largest carrier in the world…the UK. The carriers will take up at least 4 guard ships in the event of a conflict. And we dont have enough crew for both to be at sea at once. Gibraltar is an embarrassment. We have a few signals and royal navy personnel and moral in the Gibraltar regiment is very low and undermanned. The Spanish will just walk in one day and take it.

Robert James

So true

John diaz

Tell them to come and we show them what we the GIBO can do With them they will go back with shit on their pant

Paul Padley

Wouldn’t the smart move for the RN be to make Type 31 = Type 26 ‘lite’. Keep the hull length and strip out the Mk41 strike tubes, remove the MT30 in favour of all diesel propulsion. And maybe replace the RR mission bay gear with a cheaper River type crane and make room for some deck launched surface strike missiles and torpedo tubes. Keep Camm, the Mk45, 30mm, phalanx, decoys and helo. Drop Artisan for Scanter if you are still over budget. Such ships could be mid-life upgraded to additional ASW or even AWD ships. Don’t let exports drive the… Read more »


Type 26 is very powerful DDG why you down grade it to OPV.


I think the problem is that our only shipbuilder is in a part of the country that is constantly agitating for independence. We need a straightforward politician to bite the bullet and order them from the Clyde or find somewhere in England to build them.


I think there may have been at typing mistake by the editor I don’t think it has been classified as a OPV