HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is the third Type 26 Frigate that is being built for the Royal Navy. She will enter service in the mid-2020s.

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On the 27th September 2017, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon officially unveiled the name of HMS Glasgow, the second to be named but the third in a new generation of cutting-edge frigates called the City-class.

Just before the start of the Second World War, the original HMS Belfast was commissioned, having being built at Harland and Wolff shipyard. She went on to support the Battle of North Cape, the Normandy landings and the Korean War.  

The original ship now belongs to Imperial War Museums and is permanently docked in London. Before the new HMS Belfast commissions, the original HMS Belfast will be renamed ‘HMS Belfast 1938’, the year the ship was launched.

The new HMS Belfast is set to enter service in the mid-2020s and, along with her fellow Type 26 frigates, will have a truly global reach, protecting the UK’s strategic interests as well as the likes of the UK’s nuclear submarines, and delivering high-end warfighting capability wherever it is needed.

Its flexible design will also enable these capabilities to be adapted to counter future threats, whilst the ships will also benefit from the latest advances in digital technology.

Defence Secretary names new warship HMS Belfast in Northern Ireland

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First steel is cut2017

On the 20th July 2017, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon officially began the steel cutting for HMS Glasgow, the first in a new generation of cutting-edge frigates called the City-class.

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