HMS Glasgow successfully takes float 03122022 CREDIT BAE Systems
Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow successfully takes float (Picture: BAE Systems).
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New Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow successfully enters the water

HMS Glasgow successfully takes float 03122022 CREDIT BAE Systems
Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow successfully takes float (Picture: BAE Systems).

HMS Glasgow reached a major milestone as she entered the water for the first time late last night.

The first of the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates was floated off the barge late yesterday and is now on her way back up the Clyde to BAE Systems Maritime's Scotstoun yard where she will spend the next 3-4 years fitting out.

BAE Systems called the moment HMS Glasgow took to float a "momentous occasion".

BAE Systems posted on Twitter: "HMS Glasgow successfully takes float. A momentous occasion for the Type 26 programme and our colleagues at BAES Maritime, with HMS Glasgow, the First of Class, arriving at our shipyard in Scotstoun, having successfully entered the water last night."

"Seeing the First of Class Type 26 in the water for the very first time is an amazing sight and a brilliant moment for everyone across the Type 26 programme who's worked so hard to reach this milestone," BAES Maritime said on Twitter.

On Thursday, HMS Glasgow sailed down the River Clyde for the first time on board a barge.

Fittingly this sight came on St Andrew's Day, as the Scots-built warship is named after Scotland's largest city.

The Type 26 frigate was moved onto the Clyde for the first time in November in a landmark moment for Royal Navy's new generation of frigates.

George Allison (@geoallison) managed to capture some spectacular drone and camera footage of HMS Glasgow in the water for the first ever time.

Both HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast are still under construction in Glasgow and are the Royal Navy's second and third vessels.

Last week, the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited the vessel in Glasgow while it was being rolled onto the barge.

Mr Wallace praised the "remarkable achievement" of shipbuilders and said the Type 26 was coming out of the shipyard late, but not "catastrophically" so, saying he is confident HMS Glasgow and the other frigates will enter service in time.