The BAE Type 26 Global Combat Ship is expected to replace Type 23 frigates such as HMS Winchester, shown here. The Royal Australian Navy has placed a $26 billion order for nine ships, and Canada is considering it as well.
At the end of June, the Royal Australian Navy announced it had selected a version of the British Type 26 “Global Combat Ship” as its next frigate. Canada also is considering the Type 26 for its new frigate. The Australian purchase is the first major sale of a standard British warship design for decades, the last great success being the Leander-class frigate. (The U.S. Navy will not consider the Type 26 for the “future frigate” [FFG(X)] because it is not yet in service, a program requirement.) In the Royal Navy, the Type 26 will replace the 13 existing Duke-class Type 23s. The new ship is much larger, nearly as large as ships that some navies still call destroyers.