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Insight: How rising tensions have fuelled the Type 26 frigate's development

12th September 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio in London


A total of eight Type 26 City-class frigates has been procured in two batches. (Image: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Slated to enter service in the late 2020s, the Type 26 frigate addresses the pressing need for enhanced ASW capabilities, particularly in light of heightened tensions with Russia. Shephard Defence Insight analyses the design and its equipment fit.


The Type 26 City-class frigate is designed for the UK RN to meet an urgent requirement to replace the existing fleet of ageing Type 23 Duke-class ASW frigates. The Type 26 design is marketed internationally as the Global Combat Ship. It has been selected by the Royal Australian Navy as its Hunter-class frigate and the Royal Canadian Navy for its Canadian Surface Combatant requirement. The first vessel is due to enter service in the late 2020s.


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What requirement does the Type 26 meet?

The Type 26 design and manufacture programme is known as the Global

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Giovanni Rasio


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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