HMS Glasgow taking shape
The Royal Navy’s first Type 26 frigate, the future HMS Glasgow, is taking shape at BAE Systems’ yard in Govan, Scotland.
Work on the £1.2 billion warship has been underway since mid-July 2017. The navy intends to acquire eight City-class vessels to replace its anti-submarine warfare Duke-class Type 23 frigates from the middle of the next decade.
At the Govan shipyard the vessel is being constructed in two sections - first the forward part of the frigate, followed by the stern. The two parts will be joined on the slipway outside the shed and the main mast and bridge section will be lifted into place. Following this, the frigate will undergo outfitting at BAE’s yard on the north bank of the Clyde at Scotstoun, Glasgow. Upon completion, the vessel will consist of 60 blocks.
BAE Systems is on order to build three vessels: Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. The remaining five vessels in the class have been named as Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London.
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