The forward section of first Type 26 Frigate HMS Glasgow was rolled out of the build hall earlier today.

The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow.

The forward ‘superblock’ will be joined to the aft ‘superblock’ over the coming weeks to form one complete Type 26 Frigate hull.

The mast will also soon be added to the vessel.

Below is the aft section being joined together into a superblock which will soon be joined to the forward section pictured above.

The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow. 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 to the Clyde built Type 26, five Rosyth built Type 31 general purpose frigates are intended to replace the general-purpose Type 23s currently in service and also coming towards the end of their long careers.

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James Fennell
James Fennell
19 days ago

Bravo – pretty ship.

Paul T
Paul T
19 days ago
Reply to  James Fennell

Agree – She’s gonna be a Looker .

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
19 days ago

Sssssh don’t tell the SNP…there’s a British warship on the Clyde!

James
James
19 days ago

They seem to be taking this whole fitted for but not with a bit far…

Tim
Tim
19 days ago

I know very little about shipbuilding.

But does it really have to take 6 years from a complete hull (due soon) to being fully operational?

farouk
farouk
19 days ago

Ok stupid question time, but with such clear cuts, exactly how do they join both sections of the ship together resulting in a water tight bonding strong enough to take years of battering of the worse weather nature can throw at you?

Paul T
Paul T
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Hi Farouk -look at the other recent HMS Glasgow thread,more information there .

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

No.16 Meccano set and gaffer tape.

Ron5
Ron5
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Araldite.

Frank62
Frank62
18 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Welding. The whole hull is made of welded plates & internal framing; & nobody expects ships to fall apart along welds. Perfectly strong enough if done right & RN warships use the highest standards.

Farouk
Farouk
18 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Frank,
thanks for the reply, the reason I mention that fact was due to this incident the other month
https://marineindustrynews.co.uk/watch-cargo-ship-snaps-in-half-during-storm-with-tragic-loss-of-life/

Frank62
Frank62
18 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

That’s very sad. Not built even to comercial standards for sea travel, let alone naval. Possibly even lower standards eastern Europe.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
19 days ago

Starting to look like a warship. In-service 2027.

My mother’s brother served onboard HMS Glasgow during the second world war.

I remember him telling us this story as a child! A visit from King George Vl at Scapa Flow.
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farouk
farouk
19 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Why have the squad being inspected taken off their Hats?

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Hi Farouk, before my time, but this might answer your question.

“The drill laid down in … Parade. A Military term for a Ceremonial inspection/Review. Platoon … headgear are removed from and replaced on the head, the following drills are to be complied with”

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/591007/response/1432317/attach/3/brd%201834%20book1%201.pdf

Mark B
Mark B
19 days ago

When there are people who are suggesting the budget has been cut in half I don’t think it helps to show a video of half a ship being rolled out.

James Fennell
James Fennell
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark B

Budget stealth technology

Challenger
Challenger
19 days ago

I’ve been thinking recently whether obsolescence with Artisan, 2087 and Sea Ceptor in particular will become an issue give that it will be around 15 years between them being introduced into the fleet on the T23’s and the first T26 actually commissioning. Can we be reasonable confident that they will have a long future with incremental upgrades that will keep them relevant?

Paul T
Paul T
18 days ago
Reply to  Challenger

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Batch 2 have a different Radar System to Artisan.

ETH
ETH
17 days ago
Reply to  Paul T

That or an upgraded version.

Glass Half Full
Glass Half Full
18 days ago
Reply to  Challenger

According to the video on the BAES Cowes facility at the bottom of linked web page below, Sampson will get a BMD update in the 2023-4 timeframe while Artisan will have an update around 2027-8 timeframe. The timeline is shown about 1:50 into the video. https://www.baesystems.com/en/productfamily/radar-uk Nothing is specified on what either upgrade involves, i.e. hardware, software or both, or even if the RN would take the upgrade. One hint on the “Future Radar” page is that BAES have used another companies technology, presumably GaN, to produce a new TRM that might feature in an Artisan upgrade – “Working with… Read more »

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
18 days ago
Reply to  Challenger

All equipment gets Mods and upgrades throughout its life. Mods can be done by ships staff and can be as simple as improving a hinge on a cabinet or putting a bigger cooling fan in a server rack. Other Mods are done as part of a MODEX where a contractor comes in and does a lot of complex and equipment performance altering mods. These can take weeks to complete. For obsolesence issues the MOD is constantly watching suppliers to ensure parts are replaced like for like as required as original components are replaced or are no longer made. Problem is… Read more »

Damo
Damo
18 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Always love your replies. Reminds me we do know what we’re doing

David
David
18 days ago

I hope there is a block that goes in the centre – she looks like a third of a ship – at just shy of 150Ms does that block really look like 75Ms?

Ron5
Ron5
18 days ago
Reply to  David

Just two blocks.

Dern
Dern
18 days ago
Reply to  David

Hold a blue bit of paper over the red bit and it does look like 75m. Because she’s taller than you’re used to thinking of a ship, it makes her look shorter.

David Barry
David Barry
11 days ago
Reply to  Dern

Thankyou.

Paul T
Paul T
18 days ago
Reply to  David

Look on the newer HMS Glasgow thread,Farouk posted a Navylookout link that has a diagram of all the different Blocks,when you see that it its easier to picture the whole Ship.

David Barry
David Barry
11 days ago
Reply to  Paul T

Thank you.

Meirion X
Meirion X
17 days ago
Reply to  David

The forward block is Not 75m, much less! The aft and stern block is more then 75m, part of the block it is sticking out of the shed by about 10m. The forward block fitted in the shed easy!

Last edited 17 days ago by Meirion X