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Type 26 Frigates

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL14108, tabled on 27 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the Type 26 warship building programme; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK’s programme of the recent announcements by the governments of Australia and Canada on their plans for Type 26 warships.

Answered on

12 March 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has no plans to change the schedule for the Type 26 Frigate procurement programme. Under the terms of the contract we signed in 2017 to build the first batch of three Type 26 Frigates, the first ship, HMS Glasgow, will enter service in 2027. HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast will then follow.

Building on the recent success of the Global Combat Ship-Type 26 design in the Australian SEA 5000 and the Canadian Surface Combatant competitions, the MOD continues to work with BAE Systems to understand the opportunities that may materialise as the respective shipbuilding programmes mature.