The UK Government is committed to spending £8 billion on Clyde warships, including the Type 26 and Type 31 frigates in addition to the new Offshore Patrol Vessels.
Manufacturing of the Type 26s was initially expected to start in 2016 but the steel will be cut for the first Type 26 in Q4 of 2017.
The original plan for the class had been 8 anti-submarine warfare variants and five general purpose variants, this remains largely unchanged except for the specification and type of the later five vessels, which has been reduced to make them more affordable.
The Scotland Office issued a statement saying:
“The UK Government is committed to building ships on the Clyde and to the Type 26 programme. Over the next decade, we will spend around £8 billion on Royal Navy warships and, because Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014, will continue to be an important manufacturing base for them.
The Type 26 programme is certainly not indefinitely delayed, our commercial negotiations are progressing well but are not complete.
The production schedule will be determined by those negotiations and it would undermine the MOD’s commercial position if we commented on the details; this was made clear to the Committee. We are committed to the Type 26 programme and to beginning the build as soon as possible.”