BAE Systems show no sign of slowing down with the manufacturing of the Royal Navy Type 26 frigates. HMS Glasgow is well underway and is set to begin sea trials in 2025 and work has now also begun for the second RN Type 26 frigate HMS Cardiff.
HMS Cardiff, alongside other Type 26 frigates will replace the submarine-hunting Type 23 frigates, which were commissioned in the late 1990’s. The new and modernised city-class ships will be 60ft longer, 2,000 tonnes heavier and designed with a bow and towed array sonar, Sea Ceptor air defense missiles, and a 5-inch main gun.
Type 26 frigates will be equipped with a ‘mission bay for plug-in containers carrying equipment for specific tasks, such as disaster relief, and a flight deck big enough to take a Chinook aircraft’
It’s great to see that the UK defence industry is continuing to grow and we look forward to seeing all Type 26 frigates in action in the future.