Drone shots taken in the early hours of the morning show the sheer scale of new frigate HMS Cardiff, a Type 26 Frigate being built in Glasgow.

The ship is undergoing structural work before being floated and transported to BAE Systems’ Scotstoun facility in 2024 for outfitting.

Below is a gallery of the images, just click to enlarge.

For the avoidance of doubt, the drone footage was obtained legally by a qualified person in adherence to UK drone legislation and guidance. In addition, the drone is insured, and a flight plan was submitted using drone safety software.

There’s a video too.

Simon Lister, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business, previously expressed pride and satisfaction in the progress. “The emergence of HMS Cardiff is a very proud moment for everyone involved in her construction. We have now completed all major units of the ship and in the coming weeks our skilled teams will consolidate the ship in preparation for next year’s float off,” Lister said.

The first Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow, is currently being outfitted at BAE Systems’ Scotstoun facility, we have some pretty exciting drone footage coming of that for the first time very soon.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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SailorBoy
SailorBoy
20 days ago

Your pics got in the Papers, good job UKDJ!

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
20 days ago
Reply to  George Allison

There was a very similar photo of Cardiff in yesterday’s Times, about page 4. Not sure when yours were taken but had the same lighting, it was the “top of bow” view I think

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
20 days ago
Reply to  George Allison

George can I pinch the 1st Image as a screen saver please ?
Engineering as a work of art and I think the Clyde really helped you 🙂

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
20 days ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

Those pics of F35 under the northern lights are already my home screen on every device I own, I’ll have to work out which ones to replace 😊

Richard
Richard
19 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Those are such great pictures. I saved them too

Nick C
Nick C
20 days ago
Reply to  George Allison

George, do you know the definite, or at least projected, date for the float out of Cardiff? And also the date of Venturer’s roll out at Rosyth. You are much closer to the action in the shipbuilding world than most of us. And some more up to date photos of Venturer would be good if you can get them, the last ones I have seen were several months old and I suspect she has progressed a lot recently, not least in the application of a coat or two of pussers grey.
Thanks. Nick

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
20 days ago
Reply to  Nick C

You’re much more polite than the other Nick C we see around here.
Nice to have a change 🙂

Nick C
Nick C
20 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

And I thought I was the only one, are there others? I smell a conspiracy theory, or are you just never alone with schizophrenia!!!

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
19 days ago
Reply to  Nick C

Just read back some of the old Scotland articles…

Bringer of facts
Bringer of facts
20 days ago

“next year’s float off”

This year surely

Hugo
Hugo
20 days ago

The quote mightve been from last year.

DeeBee
DeeBee
20 days ago

This site does love a nice drone pic of Frigates under construction!!

Animal
Animal
12 days ago
Reply to  DeeBee

👌

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
20 days ago

Thanks George for these welcome regular progress reports.

Frank62
Frank62
20 days ago

Very encouraging. Thanks George.

geoff
geoff
20 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

..and thanks from Durban George 😄