From Janes today:
UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace has confirmed that initial operating capability (IOC) for the Royal Navy’s first Type 26 City-class frigate has slipped by one year to October 2028. The ship is being built by BAE Systems at its Govan facility in Scotland.
In a written statement to Parliament on 2 November, Wallace said the delay was mainly due to the impacts of the Covid pandemic, as well as design and supply chain issues.
“Due to the impact of Covid 19, where the Govan yard was required to shut down for a number of weeks, and challenges typical of those experienced with the first-of-class ship, including finalising the ship design and timely delivery of key new to service equipment, the Department is forecasting a twelve-month delay to the Type 26 initial operating capability from October 2027 to October 2028,” he said in the statement.
The delay will add GBP223 million (USD252 million) to the overall cost of the programme, he said, adding that efforts were already under way to increase productivity at the yard and improve on the revised IOC date.https://www.janes.com/amp/ioc-for-uk-royal-navys-first-in-class-type-26-frigate-to-be-delayed-by-12-months/ZnlJK3dHVU9mZ28xajRJVkc5dVI5VFp1cVMwPQ2
Imagine if the ferry delays were blamed on Covid? Imagine the bullying interview with John Beattie, former No.8, ‘providing extra weight at the push.’
Only Janes is reporting this so far. Not one of the MSM is on it.
They’re full of Type 26 frigates though. The ‘new’ 5, but, of course they’re not new. They simply restore part of the 2014 promise:
During the independence referendum, the Tory government promised that 13 new Type 26 frigates would be built on the Clyde.
A new frigate factory was set to be built too.
But in 2015, 13 frigates become eight.https://www.snp.org/factcheck-the-tory-promises-to-shipyard-workers-on-the-clyde/