HMS Cardiff, the second of eight Type 26 Frigates, is currently starting to look ship-shape in Glasgow.
BAE Systems tweeted “in the shadow of HMS Glasgow, a peek at HMS Cardiff forward block taking shape – building in all our experience from first in class with each successive ship”.
In the shadow of HMS Glasgow, a peek at HMS Cardiff forward block taking shape – building in all our experience from first in class with each successive ship for @RoyalNavy #HistoryMakers #26on26 pic.twitter.com/d9cB4Lbo1N
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) May 26, 2022
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.”
Eight Type 26 Frigates are to be built in total with three in the first batch, the contract for the second batch will likely be negotiated in the coming months. 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.
In 2019, we reported that the hull of HMS Cardiff had entered construction. The frigate is being built at the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan, Glasgow and is the second to enter production as part of the £3.7 billion contract, announced by the MoD in 2017.
BAE Systems said at the time:
“It was a pleasure to welcome representatives of the City of Cardiff to our ceremony. The contract for the first batch of three Type 26 ships provides a solid platform to sustain our industrial skill base & ensures the Royal Navy have the ships it needs to protect UK interests.”
Recently, I captured some imagery of the first in class Type 26 Frigate, HMS Glasgow. The collection of videos and photographs available below show the current state of HMS Glasgow.