First Steel Cut for HMS Cardiff

August 14, 2019 – The first steel has been cut for HMS Cardiff, the second ship in the Royal Navy’s next generation of Type 26 anti-submarine frigates. Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan cut the steel for the UK’s newest warship at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Govan on the River Clyde today. Marking the official start of build on the second of eight City Class vessels, it also represents another significant milestone for the Type 26 program, the Royal Navy, UK Defence and shipbuilding in Scotland. All eight Type…

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HMS Trent Completes Sea Trials

June 13, 2019 – The third of the Navy’s new patrol ships has successfully completed her first spell at sea after two weeks in the Firth of Clyde. HMS Trent was put through her paces between Arran, Bute and Great Cumbrae – the very same waters where her older sisters HMS Forth and Medway were tested by a mix of civilian sailors/engineers and ship’s company. Due to be handed over to the Navy later this year for duties at home or abroad, Trent’s trials allowed her to test her main…

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Medway makes headway as new patrol ship completes sea trials

December 11, 2018 – The second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships will debut in Portsmouth in the New Year after successfully completing her maiden sea trials. HMS Medway spent 15 days in the Firth of Clyde tested her engines, maneuverability, sensors and main cannon under a mixed civilian/Royal Navy crew under Admiralty Trials Master Capt Graham Baxter. The ship is the second of five 2,000-tonne River-class 2.0 vessels built for patrol duties in home waters and beyond by BAE Systems on the Clyde. After more than a year being…

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The Forth is with us – Navy’s new patrol ship makes her debut at sea

The first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ships is today at sea as she sailed down the Clyde for the first time. HMS Forth leads a class of five state-of-the-art warships which will act as the RN’s eyes and ears around the UK, help to safeguard fishing stocks, reassure and protect Falkland Islanders and deploy to the Mediterranean and Caribbean if necessary. Designed for a crew of just under 60 (but needing only 38 crew at any one time to go to sea), the ship departed Scotstoun – where…

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