Type 26

Global Combat Ship

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a 21st Century warship that will replace the Type 23 frigate as the workhorse of the Fleet, undertaking the Royal Navy's three core roles - warfighting, maritime security and international engagement - on the world stage.

The Royal Navy is at the advanced stages of designing a new warship which will be a multi-mission warship designed for joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare, including complex combat operations, counter piracy, and humanitarian and disaster relief. It will be capable of operating independently for significant periods, or as part of a task group.

The work is being developed by Defence Equipment and Support, Navy Command and industry during the programme's assessment phase. The vision is that the planned 13 Type 26 ships will be delivered in both anti-submarine warfare and general purpose variants, sharing a common acoustically quiet hull to shield it from detection by submarines. 

Entering service as soon as possible after 2020, the Type 26 will be in service until at least 2059, and is being designed to be supported and upgraded as new technology becomes available, so that it will meet the demands of the maritime environment throughout its life. The ships will be equipped with some of the most modern and effective weapons systems available today, including Sea Ceptor missile system and 997 radar, which will be fitted in Type 23 frigates before being moved across to the Type 26. 

The one key area which makes the global combat ship stand apart from other warships is its adaptability. The Type 26 will adapt to operations, allowing equipment and crew to flex to meet changing tasks. 

At the centre of this concept is the flexible mission bay located forward of the helicopter hangar, which can house and deploy additional boats, unmanned vehicles (aerial, surface or underwater) or up to ten containers for humanitarian aid. The design also incorporates a five-inch medium calibre gun and a flight deck that can operate aircraft up to Chinook helicopters. 

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  • Weapons and Equipment
  • Sea Ceptor

    Sea Ceptor Naval air defence system

    Sea Ceptor, which will be fitted to the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates and in future, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, is a cutting-edge missile capable of intercepting multiple targets out to a range of 25km, travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 miles an hour.

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  • Gunnery

    Gunnery Small calibre guns

    All warships carry small-calibre such as SA80, General Purpose Machine Gun and Mk44 Miniguns.

    Unlike the majority of the ship's weapons systems, these guns are not radar and computer controlled, but aimed and fired by the upper deck weapon crews; the weapons range in calibre and complexity.

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