The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that resources have been allocated for the next batch of five Type 26 Frigates to be ordered on the Clyde.
It’s also understood that a signfiicant number of long-lead items have been ordered for the last 5 of 8 Type 26 Frigates. In addition, work is soon to start on the build of five Type 31 Frigates at Rosyth.
The information came to light in response to a written question submitted in the House of Lords.
Former First Sea Lord Lord West of Spithead asked:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ring fence money for the next five Type 26 frigates in the forthcoming spending review.”
Baroness Goldie, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“Resources have been allocated by the Ministry of Defence to build and support the next five Type 26 Frigates. Funding lines are continually reviewed as part of routine programme management to ensure value for money is maximised for the taxpayer, drive the schedule and manage risk and opportunity.”
Additionally, the procurement of the Batch 2 Type 26 Frigates is expected to happen “in the early 2020s” according to the Government.
Luke Pollard, the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently asked via a written Parliamentary question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to order the next batch of Type 26 frigates.”
Pollard was directed to a statement made earlier in the year by Baroness Goldie which states:
“The procurement of the Batch 2 Type 26 Frigates will be subject to a separate approval and contract which is expected to be awarded in the early 2020s.”
Eight Type 26 Frigates are to be built in total with three in the first batch.
Ordering in batches is common for projects of this size around the world and was last seen with the Royal Navy for the Type 45 Destroyers and recent Offshore Patrol Vessels. The Type 45s first batch order was for three vessels for example.
Last year, the next batch of Type 26 Frigate propulsion motors were ordered. At the same time Nadia Savage, director of the Type 26 programme, was quoted as saying:
“We will enter into the negotiation phase in the next 18 to 20 months. As we progress through the maturity of the design, it allows us to commit to the next batch and the timeframe around them.”
The Type 26 Frigates will be named Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London.
Work recently started on ship 3 of 8, you can read more about that by clicking here. Additionally, you can read more about the progress of the first ship in class, HMS Glasgow, by clicking below.