New frigates for RN

Vessels will replace Type 23 frigates.

UK signs up for first three Type 26 frigates

By Richard Scott, London

BAE Systems will officially begin production of the first of the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates later in July after being awarded a GBP3.7 billion (USD4.8 billion) contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the programme’s manufacture phase.

Signed on 29 June, the long-awaited Batch 1 contract covers the construction of the first three of a planned class of eight ships. The contract for the second batch of five ships is expected to be negotiated in the early 2020s.

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