Contract signed for Assessment Phase of Navy's next warships
An Equipment and Logistics news article
25 Mar 10
The MOD has signed a contract for the Assessment Phase of the Royal Navy's next generation of warships - the Type 26 combat ship.
A team led by BAE Systems Surface Ships, working with the MOD, will consider design proposals for the Type 26 combat ship, named in recognition of its planned multiple roles.
The Type 26 will replace the Type 22 and 23 frigates, which are to begin leaving service at the end of the decade. The ship will provide support for land operations as well as undertaking other key tasks such as anti-submarine warfare.
The Assessment Phase will play a critical part in ensuring that the necessary capabilities identified during the Strategic Defence Review are incorporated into the Type 26 design.
From Scotland's STV website:
New warships are to be built in Clyde shipyards.
Jim Murphy, the Scottish Secretary, announced on Thursday that the Ministry of Defence have signed a £127million contract to build the Type 26 Warships in Glasgow.
BAE Systems, the owners of the yards where the ships will be built, also announced plans to provide further apprenticeships on the shipyards for local young people.
The announcement was made during a visit by Mr Murphy to the Govan yard with John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West and Ian Davidson, MP for Glasgow South West.
Mr Robertson said the move "shows a Labour government's commitment to long term planning for defence, retaining capability and skills and protecting Scottish jobs".