HMS Glasgow: A Glimpse Of The Navy's First Type 26

The forward section of the warship emerged from a build shed in Clyde, Scotland.

Part of HMS Glasgow, the first Royal Navy Type 26 frigate, has been rolled out into open air for the first time.

The bow of the City Class vessel emerged from the BAE Systems Clyde shipyard in a move lasting 90 minutes.

The forward section of the ship on display contains HMS Glasgow's bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces.

Pending Type 26 vessels 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.

HMS Glasgow's forward section on display in Scotland (Picture: BAE Systems).

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.

While the front of HMS Glasgow has left the build hall for the first time, set to be joined by the aft section in the coming weeks to form the hull, HMS Cardiff is still being developed inside.

Work on HMS Belfast is set to begin at the shipyard later this year.

Simon Lister, managing director, BAE Systems Naval Ships, described the emergence as a "proud moment" for the firm.

A concept image for the Type 26 frigates (Picture: MOD).

Pat Browning, the Type 26 programme Team Leader at Defence Equipment and Support said: "The Type 26 is a highly capable ASW warship designed for joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare and will serve at the heart of the Royal Navy's surface fleet for decades to come."

Mr Browning said the rollout of the forward section "hails a landmark moment for this cutting-edge vessel and a huge step forward for the programme".

Cover image: HMS Glasgow is rolled out of the build hall (Picture: BAE Systems).