• Sir Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary, cutting the first steel for the Royal Navy's first Type 26 frigate, the future HMS Glasgow, at BAE Systems ship facility at Govan on the Clyde. Credit: ADM Nigel Pittaway
    Sir Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary, cutting the first steel for the Royal Navy's first Type 26 frigate, the future HMS Glasgow, at BAE Systems ship facility at Govan on the Clyde. Credit: ADM Nigel Pittaway
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Nigel Pittaway | Glasgow

The United Kingdom’s Type 26 frigate program passed a milestone last week, with the cutting of the first steel at BAE System’s Govan shipyard on the River Clyde.

The plate steel, which will form part of the frigate’s keel, was cut on a plasma cutting machine operated by UK Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon on July 20, signalling the beginning of construction of the first batch of three vessels.

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