Defence secretary reveals name of the newest Type 26 frigate

A computer-generated image of what the first Type 26 frigate will look like.
A computer-generated image of what the first Type 26 frigate will look like.
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BRITAIN’S newest frigate is to be named HMS Birmingham, defence secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Speaking in Birmingham, the Mr Williamson outlined that one of Britain’s new cutting-edge Type 26 frigates will be called HMS Birmingham, becoming the fourth Royal Navy ship to bear that name.

The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and will provide cutting-edge protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, with the ability to conduct a whole range of other operations anywhere in the world.

The defence secretary said:  ‘Three of our nation’s ships have proudly borne the name Birmingham. Those ships won five battle honours. Today, in honour of this great city, we will be naming one of our eight Type 26 global combat ships HMS Birmingham.’

HMS Birmingham is the fourth of the UK’s eventual eight Type 26 frigates to be named, with HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast and HMS Cardiff the first three to be built.  Portsmouth has launched a campaign to have one of the vessels named after the city.

The frigates will begin to enter service in the 2020s. All the ships are being constructed by BAE Systems on the Clyde in Scotland, where the project is guaranteeing 20 years of work and safeguarding over 4,000 jobs. HMS Birmingham will be part of the second batch of ships to be ordered in the early 2020s.