The Royal Navy has cut the order for the new Type 26 frigate from thirteen to eight. In place of the cancelled vessels will be a new class of lighter and cheaper warships to fill the gap. The decision was announced by the British Government on Monday during the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announcement.
However some sources claim that this is actually a good thing for the Royal Navy and BAE Systems who are the main contractor in building the ships. It will mean that now the Royal Navy now has a firm order for the eight ships whereas before there was doubt over just how many they would receive. For BAE Systems it means they can keep their engineering teams working in developing the new vessels.
On the downside it does mean that if either project is delayed then the Royal Navy’s surface fleet may experience a capability gap as the older warships the Type 26 is set to replace are phased out.