The bow of the Royal Navy’s City Class frigate has been rolled out of BAE System’s shipyard.
The construction of HMS Glasgow, the Royal Navy’s first City Class Type 26 frigate, has hit a new milestone, with its bow manoeuvred into position on the hardstand at BAE Systems’ Govan yard on the River Clyde.
The bow — which contains the bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces — was re-located over the course 90 minutes and will be joined by the aft section in the coming weeks.
“The emergence of HMS Glasgow is a very proud moment for everyone involved and is testament to the skills and passion of our workforce,” Simon Lister, managing director of BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business, said.
“We have now completed the construction of all units of the ship and in the coming weeks our skilled teams will bring the hull together for the first time.
“The roll out is a huge milestone for the Type 26 program. It’s evidence of our solid progress in building the first of a new class and presents an opportunity for us to celebrate the progress being made with our colleagues, our suppliers, our customer and the City of Glasgow.”
Pat Browning, Type 26 program team leader, defence equipment and support, said noted the capability benefits of the City Class frigate.
"The Type 26 is a highly capable ASW warship designed for joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare and will serve at the heart of the Royal Navy's surface fleet for decades to come,” Browning said
"The roll out of the forward section of HMS Glasgow; the first of the Type 26 class, hails a landmark moment for this cutting-edge vessel and a huge step forward for the program.
“I pay tribute to the hard work and skill of all those involved in the design and manufacture of this ship and look forward to seeing the two halves of the ship coming together at BAE Systems' shipyard on the Clyde in the coming weeks".
HMS Glasgow is the first of a number of Type 26 frigates to be delivered to the Royal Navy, with HMS Cardiff currently in development and construction scheduled to begin on HMS Belfast later this year.
The Type 26 frigate is an advanced anti-submarine warship, designed to support the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent and Carrier Strike Group.
The ships are set to replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, with the first set to enter service in the mid-2020s.
Each Type 26 frigate is equipped with Ceptor missile defence system, a five-inch medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, Artisan 997 Medium Range Radar, and towed array sonars.
The flight deck is also expected to accommodate helicopters up to the size of Boeing’s Chinook, with the mission bay capable of adapting to house and deploy vessels, vehicles and containers.