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April 19, 2021

BAE Systems unveils forward section of first City-class Type 26 frigate

BAE Systems has unveiled the forward section of the UK Royal Navy’s first City-class Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow.

BAE Systems has unveiled the forward section of the UK Royal Navy’s first City-class Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow.

The bow of HMS Glasgow comprises the bridge, operations room, and accommodation spaces.

It was rolled out into position on the hardstand at BAE’s Govan shipyard on the River Clyde. The process took 90 minutes.

Over the next few weeks, it will be combined with the aft section.

BAE Systems Naval Ships business managing director Simon Lister said: “The emergence of HMS Glasgow is a very proud moment for everyone involved and is testament to the skills and passion of our workforce.

“We have now completed the construction of all units of the ship and in the coming weeks our skilled teams will bring the hull together for the first time.”

The Type 26 advanced anti-submarine ships are designed to adapt to changing missions and provide required manpower and capabilities to meet challenges.

Each ship will be fitted with the Sea Ceptor missile defence system, a five-inch medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, Artisan 997 Medium Range Radar, as well as towed array sonars.

The flight deck of the vessel can accommodate helicopters and its mission bay can easily adapt to house and deploy vessels and containers.

Type 26 programme Defence Equipment and Support team leader Pat Browning said: “The Type 26 is a highly capable ASW warship designed for joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare and will serve at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet for decades to come.”

In July last year, BAE Systems announced new supply chain contracts worth over £100m as part of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigate programme.

The programme is supporting over 4,000 jobs across the UK.

Set to replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, the Type 26 ships are the original variant of the company’s Global Combat Ship (GCS).

HMS Glasgow is planned to enter service in the mid-2020s.

The company is also currently working on the second frigate of the class HMS Cardiff. Construction on HMS Belfast will commence later in the year.

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