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.

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.

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.”


  1. Fantastic news (knew it), but I thought Birmingham was announced as the fifth? Typo, or are they getting confused with this out-of-sequence naming system?

  2. Actually there were two announcements today for Type 26 ships. HMS Newcastle and HMS Sheffield are the names with only one remaining. My bet is on either HMS Manchester or HMS Liverpool.

  3. Just writing this unrelated news as I’m watching the UK/EU future relationship parliamentary debate live. The UK and EU couldn’t agree on the access to Galileo satellite system so the UK will be going it alone with its own navigation system.

  4. Naming warships that haven’t been ordered in order to sound hawkish on defence is the height of political bullshit. Seemingly typical of a May led government. Williamson is just more of the same.

  5. Ship 7 should deffo be called Blake. OK, sorry, She’ll almost probably definitely without any doubt whatsoever, be called Edinburgh. In an Ideal World, We’d have Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Portsmouth too. As a Wild card, I’d love to see an HMS Appledore Too.

    • No. Replacements for Sheffield and Coventry were built as T22’s but sold off to Chile and Romania respectively. I think Sheffield was only 4 years old when sold with Coventry a little older.

      • And what about the mk41 makes it useful? We have no missiles that can be fired from it and have extremely small supply of thomahawk that those cant really be moved the the subs. For surface warfare there are options available that could easily fit in direct replacement for the typhoon in the same configurarion and vertical launch really isn’t needed against slower moving surface ships (Vs jets)

        Sea ceptor means that can escort ships and read anything about the Falklands (last real naval war) snd you will understand that even with the much bigger navy we didn’t have enough escorts to protect our supply ships.

        • My point was that in order to deem a ship ‘powerful’ it has to be able to defeat other high end ships. Just having seaceptor will not enable that, mk41 enables us to add a range of weaponry that can. Said with gentle effect

  6. As for the last type 26 name, well I do think HMS Edinburgh would be suitable, and no I’m Welsh. As for the type 31s well it depends on the weapons fit,if those ships which should be ordered in Dec are for peace keeping duties then possibly after Commonwealth nations such as HMS Canada, Australia, New Zealand, however if they are more aggressive in the weapons fit then name them after battles, HMS Trafalgar, Agincourt, Camperdown, Matapan and Alamein. Then again it these might get the Europeans a bit peed.

    • I love the idea of a Commonwealth Realms class, an homage to our brother nations. Say there are five; HMS Canada, HMS New Zealand, HMS Australia, HMS Jamaica and HMS Papua New Guinea. All but the last have existing history in the Royal Navy

      Perhaps the other 11 Commonwealth Realms might be a little put out that they didn’t make the cut, but that’s a lovely excuse to order another 11 ships!

      Ah who am I kidding, instead of being given historic and significant names like those, it’s more likely busybody PC civil servants hanks will have the 5 of the class named HMS Diversity, HMS Tolerance, HMS Open Borders, HMS Screw The White Man and HMS Emotions

  7. OPVs were ordered in batches because the politicians were making it up as they went along, nothing like the present situation then……..

    • Why do they order them in small batches?. Surely they have heard about economies of scale and such. Order all 8, actively start on 2 , apply lesson learn to ships up the line.

      • I think the radar is expected to be upgraded on later batches for the RN T26. I would also like the RN to add additional mk41 so they can carry a credible number of cruise missiles, but don’t see the treasury signing off on it.


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