Cammell Laird wins contract for Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Frigates
Birkenhead ship yard, Cammell Laird, has been appointed by defence giant BAE Systems to build units for its Royal Navy Type 26 Frigates.
The advanced anti-submarine warfare vessels are being constructed at BAE Systems’ site in Govan, Scotland, but will incorporate units built by both Cammell Laird and its partner, A&P.
A&P Tyne – which boasts the largest fabrication facilities on the east coast of England – has built four lower units for Ship No3, HMS Belfast Ship 3, all of which were delivered earlier this year.
Cammell Laird – which operates one of the largest construction halls in Europe on the banks of the Mersey – is building units for Ship No4, HMS Birmingham. It will also be joining all of these units together.
It marks the latest milestone in a productive history of collaboration with BAE Systems, having previously supported the build of the Astute and Dreadnought Class Submarines, manufactured substantial parts of Her Majesty’s QEC Class Aircraft Carriers and delivered the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP).
Mike Hill, managing director at Cammell Laird, said: “Cammell Laird has a long standing history of collaboration with BAE Systems and we are delighted to be working together to deliver the next generation of anti-submarine warfare.
“With our ability to work alongside our colleagues at A&P Tyne throughout the build process, taking the transfer of knowledge and vital experience is proving to be delivering both acceleration to the programme and significant efficiencies savings throughout.”
The Type 26 Frigates are designed for anti-submarine warfare and will replace the Type 23, with the first due to enter service later this decade.
David McGinley, chief executive at A&P Group and Cammell Laird, said: “We have a proud track record when it comes to partnership working and delivering projects of vital national importance.
“Our commitment to the Armed Forces and our defence capabilities lies at the heart of our business and everything we do.”
Apprentices from both A&P and Cammell Laird have also been working on the project.
David added: “We’re fiercely and unashamedly proud to be able to play even a small role in the lives of the communities in which we’re based. And because this is the next generation of Royal Navy vessel, it’s only fitting that the next generation of our workforce should be working on it.”
In 2013 Cammell Laird began work on building the flight deck and hangar of the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier in what was understood to be a £44m contract.
The previous year it completed sections of sister aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, having secured both contracts in 2009.