Type 26 frigate CGI
Sea vessels

What Are The Type 26 Frigates?

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.

Type 26 frigate CGI

The Type 26 is expected to begin service during the next decade (Picture: MOD).

The plan is for them to make up the next generation of the Royal Navy, along with the UK's Type 31 frigates.

But what is the Type 26?

A total of eight ships will be built on the Clyde as part of the Type 26 programme and will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s.

The 6,900-tonne Type 26 frigates will replace the current anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates.

All of the Type 26s will be based at Devonport Naval Base, with the first three vessels being manufactured by BAE Systems as part of a £3.7bn contract.

A deal for the construction of the remaining five ships is due to be negotiated in 2020.

Type 26 frigate CGI
Each vessel will cost £250 million to produce (Picture: MOD).

The names of all eight Type 26s have been revealed:

The Type 26s are expected to continue in service beyond the middle of the 21st century.

One of their roles will be to provide advanced protection for the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, as well as offering an anti-submarine warfare capability.

The plan is for them to form the future of the Royal Navy with the Type 31 frigate, which it was confirmed on Thursday will be built by defence firm Babcock.