I see, in an article in the United Kingdom Defence Journal, that “The hull of GLASGOW, the first Type 26 Frigate in build for the Royal Navy is starting to look shipshape.”
Why do we care? Why is this good news for Canada?
HMS Glasgow, as she will, eventually, be known, is the very first of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships to be built. Three countries, the UK, Australia and Canada have selected the Type 26 as their major surface combatant for the first half of this century. But it is a new ship … GLASGOW is the very first one. There will be problems and, we hope, that they will be seen and solved in the BAE Systems‘ Clyde shipyard before they have to be faced by the Irving shipyards in Halifax.
I hope we can assume that Irving has a team of engineers (maybe accountants, too) on site, in the UK, watching Glasgow‘s progress and reporting issues back to Halifax, preventing Canada from duplicating mistakes that are bound to occur when the first of anything is built … especially anything as complex and expensive as a modern warship.