Pro­duc­tion be­gins in Royal Navy Type 26 Global Com­bat Ship

India Strategic - - BOOK REVIEW -

BAE SYS­TEMS wel­comed Sir Michael Fal­lon MP, Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence, to its Glas­gow ship­yard July 20 to press the but­ton to start pro­duc­tion of the first of the new Type 26 Global Com­bat Ships for the UK Royal Navy. Dur­ing his speech, the De­fence Sec­re­tary un­veiled the name of the first ship as Glas­gow.

“The Type 26 is a cut­ting- edge war­ship that will main­tain our naval power with a truly global reach. De­signed for a ser­vice life of at least 25 years, the Type 26 Fri­gates will form a back­bone of the fu­ture Royal Navy sur­face fleet into the 2060s.”

The Type 26 Global Com­bat Ship will be a world-class anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare ship, re­plac­ing the Type 23 anti sub­ma­rine vari­ant fri­gates, with the first ship due to be de­liv­ered to the Royal Navy in the mid 2020s. Glob­ally de­ploy­able, the flex­i­ble mis­sion bay, avi­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties and com­bat sys­tems en­sure it will be ca­pa­ble of un­der­tak­ing a wide range of roles from high in­ten­sity war­fare to hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, ei­ther op­er­at­ing in­de­pen­dently or as part of a task group.

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