The Type 26 and Type 31 Frigates are the replacements for the Royal Navy’s Type 22/23 Frigates that have been in service since the early nineties.
This is the story of the Type 26.
In some small ways, the programme echoes the Army’s Future Rapid Effects System (FRES), the subject of a previous Think Defence project write up. Like FRES, it started with a bold vision in the ‘Force for Good’ era of the nineties , like FRES, it has been through a number of programme changes and like FRES, it will come to fruition in a less ambitious form and in fewer numbers than planned, with a new name.
This document will look at the history of attempts to deliver a replacement for the Type 22 and 23 Frigates, take a short detour into NATO and European common programmes, and end at the current programme, the Type 26 Frigates.
Type 31 is another series, TBC.
Table of Contents
|Type 26 History|
|Type 26 Capabilities|