A collection of videos and photographs show the current state of HMS Glasgow as the Type 26 Frigate is being built by BAE Systems on the River Clyde in Glasgow.
HMS GLASGOW is the first in a new generation of cutting-edge Type 26 frigates, designed and built in the ship’s namesake city.
The Type 26 frigate is an advanced anti-submarine warship, which will deliver critical protection of the Royal Navy’s ‘Continuous At Sea Deterrent’ and Carrier Strike Groups. The ships will replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, with the first set to enter service in the mid-2020s.
According to BAE:
“Each Type 26 will be equipped with a range of systems including the Sea Ceptor missile defence system, a 5-inch medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, Artisan 997 Medium Range Radar, and towed array sonars. The flight deck will be able to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook, while the mission bay can quickly adapt to house and deploy vessels, vehicles and containers.”
The forward and stern sections of HMS Glasgow were rolled out in April and were joined together at the yard last year, work has advanced rapidly since then with the mast and other components fitted as you’ll see in the video.
Actually, rather than me going on about the ship, here’s the video…
Here are the photos, just click to enlarge them.
What next for the frigate?
The vessel will be moved onto a submersible barge towards the end of this year, the barge will then travel down the Clyde to Glen Mallan in the Firth of Clyde where the barge will be lowered into the deep water.
The frigate will then be towed back up the Clyde to Scotstoun where she will be fitted out before undertaking sea trials over the next few years.