Devonport will home all new Type 26 frigates

All eight of the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigates will be based in Devonport, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed.

The new 6,900-tonne anti-submarine warships won’t be handed over to the Royal Navy until around 2025, but when they arrive in the Plymouth city, they’ll replace the current anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates to provide cutting-edge nuclear deterrent protection with the ability to conduct a whole range of other operations anywhere in the world.

Devonport is home to Britain’s survey vessels and amphibious ships and has been supporting the Royal Navy since 1691 with a site of more than 650 acres and four miles of waterfront.

The base employs 2,500 people, supports around 400 local firms and generates around a tenth of Plymouth’s income. It is a key part of defence’s huge footprint in the South West, where the MOD spends £5.1 billion with industry - more than in any other part of the country.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson recently confirmed the future of amphibious assault ships HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion by announcing he is protecting them.

He described Devonport as “the lifeblood of Plymouth”, before adding: “Ships have set sail from Devonport’s dock to defend our great nation for hundreds of years, and the truly world-class Type 26 frigates will follow in their wake.

“We are living in increasingly dangerous times, with threats intensifying both on and beneath the water. Plymouth should be in no doubt that it will be right at the heart of Britain’s fight for a safer world by homing these formidable warships.”

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