British Royal Navy to name third Type 26 frigate HMS Cardiff

2 March 2018 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2018 11:38)

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed that the British Royal Navy's third City-class Type 26 frigate will be named HMS Cardiff.

British Royal Navy to name third Type 26 frigate HMS Cardiff
Representation of a Type 26 frigate. Credit: British Royal Navy.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed that the British Royal Navy’s third City-class Type 26 frigate will be named HMS Cardiff.

HMS Cardiff represents the fourth ships to be named in honour of the Welsh capital city.

The vessel is one in a series of eight new City-class, anti-submarine warfare frigates that are currently being built for the Royal Navy.

The new frigate has been designed to offer enhanced warfighting capabilities, as well as help protect the UK’s nuclear submarines.

“This next generation of frigates will encompass the very latest innovations and technological advances to deliver a world-class, anti-submarine warfare capability.”

It is slated to enter service with the navy in the 2020s alongside the other Type 26 frigates.

Royal Navy First Sea Lord admiral Philip Jones said: “This next generation of frigates will encompass the very latest innovations and technological advances to deliver a world-class, anti-submarine warfare capability within a globally deployable and highly versatile platform.

“For years to come, as part of a Royal Navy carrier-led task group or working with our international partners, HMS Cardiff and her sister ships will be ready to deliver a wide spectrum of operations, from diplomatic and humanitarian missions to high-end warfighting, promoting and protecting Britain’s interests worldwide.”

The vessels are being constructed at the Clyde shipyards in Scotland.

In addition, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) previously announced a 20-year work programme to be carried out at the shipyards last year, thereby securing more than 4,000 job opportunities in the country.

The name of the first Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow, was announced in July last year, while the second ship was revealed to be named HMS Belfast in September.

The 60ft-long Type 26 vessels have been specifically designed to replace the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

Each of the new frigates will be equipped with bow and towed array sonars, Sea Ceptor air-defence missiles and a 5in main gun.

The £3.7bn contract for the development of the first three vessels of the class was originally signed in early July last year.