Frigate HMS Sheffield 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: Whilst @GavinWilliamson was visiting HMS Tyne, @StuartAndrew our Minister for Defence Procurement, was visiting one of our #T26 suppliers in Sheffield and has also announced that the 5th #T26 will be named HMS SHEFFIELD. pic.twitter.com/CFFBTNDqfE
— Former First Sea Lord 2016-2019 (@AdmPhilipJones) November 22, 2018
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.
— Ian White (@IanWhiteNews) November 22, 2018
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.”