HMS Glasgow blocks join together
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HMS Glasgow: First Look At Type 26's Complete Scale

The front and rear blocks have been joined to show off the full size of the ship, for the first time.

HMS Glasgow blocks join together

The rear block of HMS Glasgow has been manoeuvred out of the outfit hall, to allow workers at the shipyard to finally bring both ends of the ship together.

This is the first time the full size and scale of the new Type 26 frigate has been seen in the open. 

The forward section of the warship emerged from a build shed in April and contains HMS Glasgow's bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces.

The rear block contains the versatile mission bay and hangar which is capable of supporting helicopters, boats, mission loads and disaster relief stores, while the flight deck is capable of landing a Chinook helicopter for transport of embarked forces.

HMS Glasgow block joining together
The front are rear blocks of HMS Glasgow joining together (Pictures: BAE Systems)

Pending Type 26 vessels, also known as the City-class, will contribute to maritime security, international engagement and warfighting, expected to join future UK Carrier Strike Group formations.

Replacing the dedicated submarine-hunting Type 23s, the new warships will weigh 6,900 tonnes and will be equipped with a Sea Ceptor anti-air defence missile system and a flight deck.

A total of eight ships will be built as part of the Type 26 programme and will be delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, the first three being built by BAE Systems as part of a £3.7bn contract.

HMS Cardiff is still being developed at the shipyard and work on HMS Belfast is set to begin at the shipyard later this year.

Cover image: BAE Systems.