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.
Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy
SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, describes the capability of the Future Frigate to members of Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane’s, ship’s company at Osborne in South Australia.
On 29 June 2018, BAE Systems Australia were announced as the successful bid to design the Global Combat Ship – Australia Hunter Class frigates, to be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.
SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program will deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates,the Hunter class.
The Hunter class enter service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac frigates, which have been in service since 1996.
The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.
The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Incorporating the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.
Guide Missile Destroyer future HMAS Hobart arrives in Sydney
Soon to be HMAS Hobart arrives In Sydney Harbour
The Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship, the guided missile destroyer (DDG) Hobart, arrived in her home port of Sydney for the first time prior to her commissioning in September.
The future HMAS Hobart is the first of three Hobart Class DDGs. In 2017, Hobart successfully completed builder and acceptance trials which tested the ship’s handling, equipment and systems to ensure they conform to the design and build specifications.
The ship’s company are preparing for her commissioning, at which point she will enter the fleet as Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Hobart and start her test and evaluation period. This period will integrate the ship into the fleet and train Navy personnel to operate the warship in an operational environment.
When commissioned, the warship will have a ship’s company of approximately 180 personnel and will displace 7,000 tonnes when fully loaded. The ship is 146m long and can travel in excess of 28 knots.
Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel
Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel in recognition of the outstanding and tireless work performed by the Future Frigates Branch, 5 employees and one team will be recognised for their achievements.
DEPSEC will be presenting 4 Gold Commendations and GMSHIPS will be presenting 2 Silver Commendations.
The Future Frigates Branch is about to go into tender evaluation which will be an incredibly fast paced, demanding and potentially a very stressful time for staff.
These awards will help motivate, encourage and reassure staff that there efforts and work are appreciated and valued.