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HMS Glasgow lowered into the water in milestone moment

5 December 2022
The hull of HMS Glasgow touched the cold waters of the River Clyde in a milestone moment for the Type 26 frigate programme.

As the sun was setting at Glen Mallan, on the shores of Loch Long in Scotland, the ship was lowered from a barge into the deep water for the first time.

This marked the next phase of the float off process which saw the 6,000-tonne warship fixed to the barge one week earlier and moved from BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard.

From the shipyard, it transited to Glen Mallan where the barge slowly sunk into the water as night fell until the ship’s hull was submerged.

The following morning, it was towed upstream to Scotstoun where her construction will continue.

Chief Petty Officer Adam ‘Ash’ Hallam, one of HMS Glasgow’s Marine Engineer Group Heads, was responsible for looking for any issues or faults as the hull entered the water overnight.

He said: “Being on board HMS Glasgow and working alongside out shipbuilding partner for the very first time the ship entered the water to ensure a successful float off was an immensely proud moment.”

Glasgow’s move onto the barge in Govan was closely watched by her ship’s company, other RN personnel and specialist engineers from BAE Systems and Defence and Equipment Support (DE&S).

Being on board HMS Glasgow and working alongside out shipbuilding partner for the very first time the ship entered the water to ensure a successful float off was an immensely proud moment.

Chief Petty Officer Adam ‘Ash’ Hallam

After being secured on the barge, she set sail and spent a few days heading north to Glen Mallan. There, the barge was lowered in the loch’s deep waters before the ship was then moved back south.

Commander Phil Burgess, HMS Glasgow’s Senior Naval Officer, said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to be on board HMS Glasgow for the very first time the ship entered the water – a momentous milestone in the life of any ship.

“My team and I worked alongside our BAE industry colleagues for an extended period of time to ensure float off was a success. 

“I’m now looking forward to having the ship alongside at the BAE Scotstoun yard where she will commence the next stage of her build. This will see the commissioning and setting to work of the myriad systems that will enable this first of class Type 26 frigate to deliver world-class leading capability when the ship enters service.”

Now in Scotstoun, Glasgow will undergo further outfitting, testing and then commissioning.

She is the first of eight City-class frigates to be delivered to the Royal Navy. HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast are also under construction with Glasgow expected to enter service in the late-2020s.

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