Two more sections have been completed, ready to be added to the already-joined forward segment of HMS Glasgow at BAE Systems yard in Govan, say the Royal Navy.
It is also understood that a paint scheme has been applied to units pieced together in what will eventually be “an 8,000-tonne jigsaw”.
“The fore and aft sections are being constructed in two giant halls at Govan, where the various sections are transferred after work on them is complete in the fabrication facility. In the block and outfit hall it’s the task of engineers to join the numerous sections together – including connecting all the cabling and pipework which runs through Glasgow.
Last month, the finished aft section of Glasgow was hidden beneath swathes of tarpaulin. Not so this month, where the canvas has been removed to allow you your first sight of the stern section as it stands, again with a fresh section waiting to be attached.”
The Royal Navy say in a release that once fore and aft segments are finished, they will be moved out of the sheds on huge transporters, joined, the remaining superstructure will be craned into place (such as Glasgow’s bridge and her main mast), ready for the outwardly-complete warship to be lowered into the Clyde and towed downstream to BAE’s other yard on the river at Scotstoun, where fitting out will take place.