Turning point for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship program – SEA5000?

BAE Systems Chief Executive Glynn Phillips has advised Defence + Industry Magazine “This news is very exciting for Australia as it’s a turning point for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship program.

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UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announces the signing of a contract worth around £3.7 billion to start building the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates, the milestone will likely provide confidence to the Royal Australian Navy

BAE Systems Chief Executive Glynn Phillips has advised Defence + Industry Magazine “This news is very exciting for Australia as it’s a turning point for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship program. With construction starting in the coming weeks, the most modern, most capable, most future-proof Anti-Submarine Warfare platform in the world will soon become a reality”.

These world-class warships will protect the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent and the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has recently taken to sea for the first time. The ships specialise in anti-submarine warfare, protecting the UK’s overseas territories and interests across the globe. The flexible design will allow the capabilities to be adapted throughout its lifespan to counter future threats.

The Type 26 will be the most advanced anti-submarine warfare ship in its class around the world. The MOD is exploring potential export opportunities where there is strong interest from international customers.

“This milestone means the Royal Australian Navy should have full confidence that our offer for SEA 5000 – the Global Combat Ship-Australia – will have the largest growth margins of any ASW frigate in the world and will remain at the leading edge of naval technology throughout its service life”, said BAE Systems Chief Executive Glynn Phillips.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) spent £1.5 billion with Scottish businesses last year and supports 9,700 jobs across Scotland, and the manufacture of the first three of these new highly capable warships will secure approximately 1700 skilled shipbuilding jobs in Scotland and 1700 jobs throughout the supply chain across Britain until 2035.

With that kind of economic benefit, it’s very easy to appreciate the Australian Government vision – to utilise our defence industry to enhance Australia’s economy,  and why the Hon Marise Payne our Minster for Defence and Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, are so focussed on creating new opportunities within the Australian Defence Industry – it appears to be central to everything they’re doing.

“The potential for concurrent production in Glasgow and Osborne also means the Commonwealth stands to receive full knowledge sharing from a live program through BAE Systems’ best-practice exchange, significantly de-risking SEA 5000” said Phillips.

 

Sir Michael Fallon, the UK Defence Secretary advised, “The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. We will cut steel on the first ship later this month – a hugely significant milestone that delivers on our commitment to maintain our global naval power. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.”

“Backed by a rising defence budget and a £178bn Equipment Plan, the Type 26 programme will bring vast economic benefits to Scotland and the wider UK. The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain. ” he said.

Commenting on this important announcement, Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems said, “The award of this contract is a strong endorsement of the talent and commitment of our employees across the UK and reinforces Glasgow as the centre of shipbuilding in the UK. We are extremely proud to be chosen to design and manufacture vessels that will give the Royal Navy an essential, next generation capability and be a vital addition to its fleet.

“We will continue to invest in our technologies, productivity and people to help us deliver these ships to the highest standards. Today we have five River Class Offshore Patrol vessels at varying stages of construction for the Royal Navy across our shipyards in Glasgow and we look forward to starting manufacture on the first Type 26 ship in the coming weeks.” said Woodburn.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a world-class anti-submarine warfare ship and will replace the anti submarine variant Type 23 frigates. Globally deployable, 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. The Type 26 will be the most advanced ship in its class around the world and we are exploring potential export opportunities where there is strong interest from international customers.

Terry Turner

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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