HMS GLASGOW, a Type 26 Frigate in build for the Royal Navy on the Clyde, is starting to look shipshape.
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.
According to the Royal Navy:
“Just over half of HMS Glasgow is now complete or under construction, out of eight planned vessels in the class (all are named, three have been ordered, two are in build at Govan – HMS Cardiff is No.2).
Once the fore and aft sections are complete they will be joined on the hard in front of the block hall, before the bridge/main mast are craned into place. The completed ship will then be ‘launched’ by being lowered into the Clyde via a barge, then towed downstream to BAE’s yard at Scotstoun to complete fitting out.
The 26s replace the ‘souped-up’ anti-submarine Type 23s which will begin retiring from service later this decade after more than 30 years on patrol, while still to come are five Type 31 general duty frigates which have yet to be ordered/named and will replace their five Type 26 counterparts like for like.”
#HMSGLASGOW, the first City Class Type 26 frigate for the @RoyalNavy is currently being constructed in #Glasgow. The ship is built in two sections which are both taking shape at our facilities on the #Clyde. Here’s your first look at the forward section of HMS GLASGOW. #26on26 pic.twitter.com/Bn1yNxkEY2
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) January 26, 2020
The first steel was cut for Glasgow in July 2017 with the ship expected to be delivered in 2023 and in service by 2027. For a more in-depth look at the build of this vessel, head on over to SaveTheRoyalNavy here.
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, previous 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.