The second Type 26 City-class frigate being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems will be named HMS Cardiff, the UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson announced on St David’s Day.
This is the third Royal Navy vessel named after Cardiff, a port city on the south coast of Wales.
The first one was a 34-gun ship renamed after being captured from the Dutch (previously Fortune) in the 1600s and the second one was a C-class light cruiser HMS Cardiff (D58) which famously led the German High Seas Fleet into internment at Scapa Flow at the end of the First World War.
The last one HMS Cardiff (D108), a Type 42 destroyer, also distinguished herself on operations around the world, including the 1982 Falklands campaign, the 1991 Gulf War and service in the Adriatic during the 1999 crisis in Kosovo.
The Type 26 next generation frigates will encompass the very latest innovations and technological advances to deliver a world class anti-submarine warfare capability within a globally deployable and highly versatile platform.
The new class was selected for the replacement of eight anti-submarine frigates of the Duke class currently in service with the Royal Navy.
Type 26 frigate
Type 26 frigate is the Royal Navy variant of the Global Combat Ship (GCS) design and manufacture programme of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom.
The frigates, along with the planned Type 31, will replace the Type 23 frigates currently deployed by Royal Navy. There are also plans to export the type.
It will be multi-mission warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare (ASW), air defence and general purpose operations. The ships will have a crew complement of 118.
The contract award to manufacture the Type 26 was announced by BAE Systems on 2 July 2017. The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow. A total of eight ships are planned and the contract for the second batch of five ships will be negotiated in the early 2020s.