HMS Glasgow, the first Type 26 Frigate, is starting to look shipshape on the River Clyde.
In a series of fantastic images captured by @PaulJSweeney of HMS Glasgow in build at night, progress on the first in class frigate is very clear to see.
For a little bit of context, Paul Sweeney is a Scottish politician and was the Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East until the last election. More importantly for the purposes of a discussion on shipbuilding, he was formerly employed by BAE in Glasgow. Paul has worked with the APPG for Shipbuilding which published the results of inquiry into the Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, taking evidence from a range of maritime security stakeholders and industry. You can find Paul on Twitter here.
Nice to see both fwd and aft 'super blocks' of HMS Glasgow nearing structural completion in the Ship Block and Outfit Hall at Govan Shipyard. My first job after starting at the shipyard in 2011 was to do a feasibility study on how the Type 26 frigates would be built and launched. pic.twitter.com/k3AXH3omhA
— Paul Sweeney (@PaulJSweeney) April 13, 2021
Curious as to what you’re actually looking at? I’ve made a diagram explaining what you can see in the images.
The forward and aft sections will be joined together soon.
Paul was kind enough to send these images to me on Twitter, we hope you enjoy them.
Paul also said that the small block in foreground is the first section of the forward block of Ship 2 (the future HMS Cardiff) containing the auxiliary machinery rooms and sewage treatment plant. It’ll be fitted out with ‘lock-out’ machinery when in the hall then built up, Paul added.
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) February 26, 2021
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.