Frigates – Small to medium-sized surface escort ships (approx 4,000 tons) and general ‘workhorses’ of the fleet. Used to be primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare but are increasingly used in general purpose roles. The RN now has just 13 Type 23 frigates. 

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to design and build the ‘Global Combat Ship’ better know as the Type 26 Frigate to replace the Type 23s. The RN faces a big challenge to keep costs down and produce an effective but affordable design that can be built in significant numbers. Under current plans around 1 ship per year should be delivered from 2020. A minimum of 13 will be need just to replace the existing small frigate force but there remains considerable uncertainty about the number of ships that will be built.

More detailed discussion here

Type 26 Frigate Photo board here.

Assault Ships