The stern block of HMS Glasgow was moved into place this week on the Clyde ready to be joined to her aft section.
From precision design to precision placement.
As the stern block of #HMSGLASGOW moved into place this week ready to be joined to her aft section, we took another important step for the Type 26 programme, progressing at pace for @RoyalNavy. #GlobalCombatShip #HMSGLASGOW #26on26 pic.twitter.com/d3mTJukJJ4
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) February 26, 2021
Eight of these ships will replace the eight dedicated anti-submarine Type 23 frigates which will reach the end of their active lives by the mid 2030s.
In addition to the Clyde built Type 26, five Rosyth built Type 31 general purpose frigates are intended to replace the general-purpose Type 23s currently in service and also coming towards the end of their long careers.
According to the Royal Navy:
“Just over half of HMS Glasgow is now complete or under construction, out of eight planned vessels in the class (all are named, three have been ordered, two are in build at Govan – HMS Cardiff is No.2).
Once the fore and aft sections are complete they will be joined on the hard in front of the block hall, before the bridge/main mast are craned into place. The completed ship will then be ‘launched’ by being lowered into the Clyde via a barge, then towed downstream to BAE’s yard at Scotstoun to complete fitting out.”