At least 1,200 jobs have been protected on the Clyde due to the intention to build more patrol vessels in addition to 13 frigates.

The first of the five new vessels are expected to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017 with work starting in Autumn.

It is understood that the work  will only go ahead in Glasgow if Scotland remains in the union due to the UK’s strict legislation and policies relating to the construction of warships in foreign nations. As a foreign state, Scotland would not be eligible for warship contracts that the continuing UK chose to place for national security and defence industrial reasons.

The new ships will be based on the River class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and upgraded with a Merlin-capable flightdeck and will be built at BAE’s Clyde yards. The move comes to fill a gap in orders after the second carrier and before the Type 26 frigates begin construction.

The SDSR states:

“We will buy two further new Offshore Patrol Vessels, increasing the Royal Navy’s ability to defend UK interests at home and abroad”

The OPVs will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks including border protection roles, including anti-smuggling, anti-piracy, fisheries patrols, and immigration law enforcement.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon when announcing the contract for the first three of five vessels, said:

“UK warships are only built in UK shipyards. This multi-million-pound contract shows our commitment to investing in new ships for the Royal Navy and maintaining in the UK the expertise needed to build the warships of the future. It will benefit the dedicated workers of the Clyde, their families and the local economy in Glasgow.

This sort of investment by the UK government is vital for the sustainment of shipbuilding in the city and the hundreds of specialist manufacturing and engineering roles that play an important role in providing war-fighting capability for the Royal Navy.”

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury at the time the first three were ordered, Danny Alexander and defence equipment minister Philip Dunne will be visiting the Clyde yards today in order to tour the facilities and meet the employees who will be involved in building the new patrol vessels.

sdsropvMr Alexander said:

“I am delighted that we will be building the Royal Navy’s new offshore patrol vessels in Glasgow. Today’s announcement continues over 200 years of tradition building the nation’s leading ships on the Clyde. This will also support hundreds of jobs in the region and make an important contribution to the wider UK economy.”

The order and construction of the new OPV’s will help sustain skilled jobs on the Clyde over the next few years, ensuring that the yards remain viable and efficient.

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Daniel Adams

So are we these 5 new OPVS (3 under construction and 2 just anounced) replacing the others or in addition to?

Both . . .

David Anthony Simpson

How more flexible these might have been with an integrated hangar to carry a Lynx/AW169 sixed helo, especially when they will be used to patrol BOTs instead of the previous policy of deploying frigates etc all the time.


I agree. Or at the very least add a telescoping/retractable hanger to the design and specify that in the build for these final two and it would be great if it could also be added to some or all of the first three. I don’t think any steel has been cut for number 3, first steel was only cut relatively recently for hull 2 I think, so at least the design of 3 should be open to some tweaks. I fear though that these will simply be a run-on of 2 extra units of identical spec to the ones currently… Read more »

Campbell Brand

Once again you need reminding of an error you insist on repeating. Only 8 frigates of the type 26 are to be built on the Clyde IF the order gets place, nothing at present. Another 5 of a class lighter and less capable than the Type 26 MAY also be built there. This other 5 being less than a frigate makes them Corvettes at best. So once you get your rose tinted glasses off it may well be that the 3 patrol vessels plus this additional 2 make up the numbers to 13.

Michael Karl Dawes

They will not be ‘less than a frigate’ , they just won’t be ASW specialist frigates. 7000tn full spec T26 are overkill for most tasks, if the RN (and Scottish shipyards) get 5 and probably more 4-5000tb GP frigates with 5inch guns, helo, Sea viper that represent a leap in capability in comparison with the current non tail T23s.

To be honest they will be more like a traditional frigate rather than a specialist asw ship.

Paul Linfield

And I’m pretty not all of our current T23s are in fact fully ASW fitted either. For example, they don’t all have towed array today.

Paul Hodson

The last 8 Type 23s built are fitted with 2087, these will be recovered from these ships for the new Type 26s.

Campbell Brand

Ah, the old “fitted for” rather than “fitted with” smoke and mirrors scam again.

Danny Winson

More ships built in Scotland as a bribe to keep them happy

Derek Haycock

Will keep English dockyards busy when they have completed them just like they have been with the T45’s!

Danny Winson

That’s a good point ???

Rob Dean

8 T26s,
5 ‘T26L’ (with possibility for more)
5 OPVs

All built on the Clyde… Looks like Scottish shipbuilding is safe for a while…

Chris Power

Anyone else worried how quickly the “in addition to 13 frigates” will disappear?

Daniel Adams

No realy but when was the last time a all ships of the class were ordered at once?

Nope not me . . .

Chris Power

Or in the case of the 45’s….”at all”

Jack Crutcher

Portsmouth should never have had it’s shipyards closed. So this kind of news is always bitter sweet. Especially when the Scots still moan about how victimised they are, anyway.

Christopher Mallon

Portsmouth ship builders should be started up again to do some of these while the skill base is still there, leave it too long and it will end up like camel laird which is a League of Nations ,

Kent Reynolds

Ah, the river Clyde! One should be proud of the tradition!

Kent Reynolds

…and heritage!

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Brian Marfleet

Not much room at the back for the helo

Paul Hodson

So it looks like the original River class will not be retained? I’m guessing the 6 patrol vessels will be these 5 plus HMS Clyde which already has a flight deck.

The new lighter frigate class will need a 5in gun, Sea Ceptor and VLS for whatever Harpoon replacement is planned.

Michael Hynes

Could have built Visby grade guided missile corvettes for the sort of money being spent. Would have been more useful in defending our littoral waters and EEZ.

Bloke down the pub

Maybe they are looking to a post EU referendum period when with a bit of luck we’ll be looking to keep Spanish trawlers out of our waters.

D Newell

Only mwhining Scottish Nationalists can find fault with a statement that builds in Scottish Yards:
5 OPVs
8 ASW T26 Frigates
5 GP T26 Frigates
Hint of more frigates to come as funds allow

I wonder how many frigates would have been built on the Clyde if we had voted for the lies of Independence … 2 max. and given the oil price currently, we’d actually have been lucky to build and OPV.

Bloke down the pub

Looking at the image of the River class opv and the photo of the type 26 in the next column, I wonder how many people could tell the difference between the two if they didn’t have a way of gauging scale. If the RN River class had a 76mm like HTMS Krabi the likeness would be even more striking. When it comes to showing the flag, having the locals think there’s a frigate in the neighbourhood when it’s only an opv could have benefits.

David Flandry

Another 2 feet in beam, 6 feet length, Wildcat helicopter, 76 mm gun, and you would have a small ship with some sting for a lot less than a T26L.

David Flandry

All news articles on new UK warships emphasize jobs more than warfighting ability. Is that the real purpose of the RN in the minds of Whitehall?