The first crew members have joined HMS Glasgow as the Type 26 Frigate takes shape on the Clyde.
— Christopher Gardner (@VAdmCGardner) October 14, 2021
Seven crew members have joined HMS Glasgow to begin turning the currently lifeless hull into one of the world’s most advanced submarine hunting warships.
HMS Glasgow is currently on the hard-standing at the BAE yard in Govan outside the build hall having work done to her hull and superstructure.
Commander Phil Burgess, the warship’s marine engineer officer and senior naval officer, said:
“The ship’s company is the life-blood of a warship. With Royal Navy personnel joining HMS Glasgow for the first time, we have reached a key milestone that will enable the engineering, administrative and organisational foundations to be established. These are necessary for a modern-day warship to function efficiently and effectively, and by starting now we can best support the build and transition into service of HMS Glasgow.”
Scott Lorimer, a project manager on the BAE Systems commissioning team, was quoted as saying:
“I’m the sole project management resource within the commissioning team. I’m responsible for ensuring that we deliver our scope to costs, schedule and quality. At the moment we are writing all of the test forms which essentially will be used to make sure that all the systems on board work the way that we designed them to and that is from ship-required systems like fuel all the way to the toilets and the hot and cold fresh water taps.
Our team is responsible for essentially making the ship come to life. We are in the preparation stage where we are writing these test forms, as of quarter four next year it will really start to ramp up for us because that is when we will actually start working on the ship and getting the systems working. Although we are responsible for proving that all the systems work, we are also responsible for bringing the Navy along on that journey with us, so we have to make sure that they know how to operate the systems properly and give the any training that they need, and help them with their processes.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:
“The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.”
Eight Type 26 Frigates are to be built in total with three in the first batch, the contract for the second batch will likely be negotiated in the coming months.
The second ship in the class, HMS Cardiff, is currently progressing well.