The first section of the first Type 26 ‘City class’ frigate HMS Glasgow has been completed in her namesake city.
The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow. The UK Government say they are committed to eight of the type, this was outlined in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
It’s great to see the first hull unit for the first-of-class Type 26 Global Combat Ship, HMS Glasgow, leave the Steel Fabrication Shop at Govan Shipyard today. It will now be turned ‘shipwise’ and formed into a part of a full hull block in the Ship Block and Outfit Hall. pic.twitter.com/ikMOwQFyzB
— Paul Sweeney MP (@PaulJSweeney) January 18, 2018
The Type 26 programme currently employs more than 1,200 people in the UK supply chain, with a number of contracts already in place for the manufacture of major equipment for the first three ships. In total, there are already 33 UK and international companies working in the supply chain to deliver the Type 26 ships.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord said when the name of the first vessel was revealed:
“The Clyde was the birthplace of some of the greatest fighting ships the world has ever known and so cutting steel there today for the future HMS Glasgow is symbolic of a Royal Navy on the rise once again.
As an island nation, we are utterly dependent on the sea for our security and prosperity and the City-class names have been chosen for the Type 26 to provide an enduring link between the Royal Navy and our great centres of commerce and industry.
The name Glasgow brings with it a string of battle honours, stretching from the Arctic Circle to the South Atlantic.”
It will be the ninth HMS Glasgow in the Royal Navy’s history, dating back to 1707.