The Type 26 Frigate is the replacement for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigates that have been in service since the early nineties. This document will look at the many 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 Frigate, or Global Combat Ship.
When submerged, submarines may be subject to enemy action, mechanical failure, collision and other accidents that mean it is immobilised and unable to surface. Escape and Rescue are key capabilities. NATO maintains a 24×7 globally deployable submarine rescue capability, based in Scotland.