HMS GLASGOW, the first Type 26 Frigate in build for the Royal Navy on the Clyde, is starting to look shipshape.
The Type 26 represents the future backbone of the Royal Navy and eight of the class are planned, starting with HMS Glasgow.
The construction of #HMSGlasgow for the @RoyalNavy continues to develop at pace. With all units of HMS Glasgow in build, we’re sharing the progress on our forward block which continues to take shape with the recent addition of the lower bow unit #26on26 #type26 pic.twitter.com/GScra61VHk
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) October 26, 2020
The forward block will be joined with the other half of the ship later this year.
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.
The 26s replace the ‘souped-up’ anti-submarine Type 23s which will begin retiring from service later this decade after more than 30 years on patrol, while still to come are five Type 31 general duty frigates which have yet to be ordered/named and will replace their five Type 26 counterparts like for like.”
The eight 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 build 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.