Construction of the 8,000-tonne HMS Glasgow, the first of eight Type 26 Frigates to be built on the Clyde, is progressing well say BAE Systems.
The firm said on Twitter that “every aspect of HMS Glasgow is digitally designed before we enter production. Here’s a digital overlay on the forward block to give you an idea how she will look. HMS Glasgow continues to take shape.”
Every aspect of #HMSGLASGOW is digitally designed before we enter production. Here’s a digital overlay on the forward block to give you an idea how she will look. #HMSGLASGOW continues to take shape. #26on26 #Glasgow pic.twitter.com/sLcpuo0noM
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) August 26, 2020
The forward block will be joined with the other half of the ship later this year.
The Royal Navy themselves recently said that it’s almost two years to the day that work on Glasgow began in the yard on the Clyde, with many of the completed sections pieced together in one of BAE’s assembly halls.
“Work began on this last section of ship as another £100m of contracts were placed with the vast supply chain needed to build the world’s most advanced submarine hunter. Firms in Glasgow, Hartlepool, Nottingham and Dorset will provide a range of services and assistance with the construction of the class, including painting, cabling and insulation – work all essential to the outfitting of the ships – and the eventual float off when a barge lowers the frigates in the Clyde.”
The eight ships will replace the eight dedicated anti-submarine Type 23 frigates which will reach the end of their active lives by the mid 2030s. In addition five Type 31 general purpose frigates are intended to replace the general-duty Type 23s currently in service and also coming towards the end of their long careers.