Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction

Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction 16 August, 2019

BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export opportunities“ said Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Frigates for the Royal Navy will replace the current anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates. Each Type 26 will be equipped with a range of capabilities including the Sea-Ceptor missile defence system and medium-range radar. The Type 26 manufacture Batch 1 contract was signed in June 2017. The first three ships, HMS Glasgow, HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast, were ordered for £3.7 billion. The first Type 26 warship, HMS Glasgow, will enter service in the mid-2020s. Designed for a service life of at least 25 years.

HMS Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and London will form the second batch of Type 26 warships.

BAE Systems has previously offered Turkey to join to Type 26 frigate programme.

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