Frigate HMS London will be built at the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan.
Eight Type 26 Frigates are to be built in total with three in the first batch, the contract for the second batch will be negotiated in the early 2020s.
THREAD: Delighted that at this evening’s Lord Mayor’s Banquet, @theresa_may will announce that our 8th new Type 26 Frigate will bear the name our nation’s capital. @10DowningStreet pic.twitter.com/hwqBpnYDt5
— First Sea Lord (@AdmPhilipJones) November 12, 2018
Three of the class are currently unnamed, LONDON will be the 8th and final ship in the class.
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.
Thirteen ships of the Royal Navy have been named London, after the city of London. The previous HMS London was a Type 22 frigate launched in 1984, sold to Romania in 2002 and renamed Regina Maria.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:
“The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.
The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain.”