BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships was awarded a £3.7 billion contract in June 2017 to build the first three T26 frigates, and a second contract worth £4.2bn was signed in November 2022 for the final five in the programme.
The T26 frigate programme consists of eight ships and will be known as the City class. The ships will be named HMS Glasgow, HMS Cardiff, HMS Belfast, HMS Birmingham, HMS Sheffield, HMS Newcastle, HMS Edinburgh and HMS London. They will be built at BAE Systems’ Govan and Scotstoun shipyards in Glasgow, supporting 1,700 BAE Systems jobs in Scotland and about 2,300 jobs across the wider UK maritime supply chain until 2035. More than 120 UK suppliers have been contracted for the programme.
BAE Systems has committed to invest £1.2bn in UK manufacturing through sub-contracts and more than 120 sub-contracts have been awarded by them as prime contractor.
The first frigate is expected to be operational in 2028 and construction of all ships is scheduled to be completed by end of 2033.