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Manufacturing of new combat ship to start in 2017

BAE Systems have today announced that 8 new Type 26 Global Combat Ships will be built in Glasgow, with first steel cutting starting in Summer 2017.

The announcement came during a visit by Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon to BAE Systems’ shipyard on the Clyde during which he said, “Backed by Britain’s rising Defence budget, the Type 26 Programme will deliver a new generation of cutting-edge warships for our Royal Navy at best value for taxpayers. The UK government’s commitment today will secure hundreds of high-skilled shipbuilding jobs on the Clyde for at least two decades and hundreds more in the supply chain across Britain.”


Type 26 – Image courtesy of BAE Systems

The Type 26 Frigate will replace the Type 23 Duke-class that are currently in service with the Royal Navy and will act as a globally deployable anti-submarine warfare ship.

There are currently 27 companies in the supply chain, that have partnered with BAE System to deliver Type 26, with manufacturing already underway across the UK for weapons handling systems, drive systems, gas turbines and electric propulsion motors.  The MOD has also announced that Bolton based MBDA with be producing and delivering a missile defence system for the fleet.

BAE Systems Chief Executive, Ian King commented said: “Today’s announcement secures a strong foundation for the next two decades of shipbuilding at our facilities in Scotland.It is a vote of confidence in our employees’ capabilities in the design, construction, integration and commissioning of warships.”

Type 26 UK Supply Chain

Sonar Dome – AGC Aerocomposites
Shiplifts – Babcock
Wholeship Pumps – Desmi
Cold & Cool Rooms – Ernest West and Beynon
Electronic Integration Testing Facility – GE
Door, Scuttles & Hatches – Marine Systems Technology
Helicopter Handling Systems – MacTaggart Scott
Steering Gear System and Stabilisers – Rolls Royce
Wholeship Valves – Score Marine
Towed Sonar – Thales
Fixed Fire Fighting System – Tyco Fire & Integrated Systems
Air Weapons Handling – Babcock
Propulsion Gearbox – David Brown Gears
Propulsion Motor & Drive System – GE
Gas Turbine – Rolls-Royce
Various other UK BAE Systems sites supporting Govan