An artist’s impression of all eight Royal Navy Type 26 frigates at sea (UK MoD)
Breaking Defense: UK spending spree boosts Royal Navy frigate and support ship fleets
“Construction of all eight frigates is expected to be completed by the mid-2030s, with the first, HMS Glasgow, entering service by the end of 2028,” state the UK MoD.
DUBLIN — In a two day span this week, the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) pledged funding of $7.9 billion to industry contractors for the second batch of Type 26 frigates and building of Fleet Solid Support ships, as part of a major modernization effort for the Royal Navy.
Announcing the $6 billion contract award to BAE Systems for City Class (as designated in Royal Navy service) frigates on Nov. 15, London said five new ships are to be manufactured and will lead the Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare surface fleet.
The vessels are in line to join a first batch of three Type 26 frigates already under construction in Govan, Scotland.
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UK Approves Construction Of Frigates And Support Ships