BAE Systems’ inaugural company of sailors and engineers brings the first of Britain’s new generation warships to life.
Six sailors joined HMS Glasgow – under construction on the Clyde – to begin transforming a lifeless hull into one of the world’s most advanced submarine hunters.
The ship is the first of eight Type 26 frigates that will protect both the country’s nuclear deterrent and its carrier strike groups against interference from hostile submarines.
Glasgow is currently under construction at BAE Systems’ yard in Govan, where shipwrights, technicians and engineers complete the hull and superstructure.
The frigate, which is sponsored by the Duchess of Cambridge – known as the Countess of Strathearn during her visit to Scotland – is sufficiently complete that the Royal Navy is starting to assign sailors to it.
They will produce the ship’s ‘operator’s manual’ determining how HMS Glasgow will be operated, the routines, systems and sensors to make the ship an effective fighting force when in service later in the decade. .
It is also their task “to give Glasgow its soul – to set the tone for an active career of 25 years or more, by forging links with its sponsor, affiliates such as the City of Glasgow, units of the army and RAF, charities and community groups “.
Sir Simon Lister, general manager of BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business, presented the ship’s first two junior notes – senior writer Hayden Palmer and logistician Samuela Halofaki – with the first hat count of HMS Glasgow.
“The ship’s company is the lifeblood of a warship,” said Commander Phil Burgess, both a marine engineer and senior naval officer, representing the commander until one from them be named later in the life of the ship.
âWith Royal Navy personnel joining HMS Glasgow for the first time, we have reached a key milestone which will establish the technical, administrative and organizational foundations.
âThese are necessary for a modern warship to function effectively and efficiently, and by starting now we can better support the construction and commissioning of HMS Glasgow. ”
Team Leader Halofaki will be responsible for ensuring that Glasgow has all the necessary equipment and stores on board, as well as supporting documentation.
âI am delighted to have joined the first Type 26 class vessel as the first logistics expert. It is exciting to be part of the team that is commissioning a new vessel in the RN and I look forward to to play my part in it, âsaid the father of three who previously helped bring in HMS Trent, Tamar and Spey. in service.
Sir Simon said he was proud to welcome the first sailors on board to work with the BAE teams to together forge “an extremely versatile, capable and powerful addition to the Royal Navy fleet”.
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He continued: âWith the men and women who will live and work aboard HMS Glasgow, we look forward to using our collective skills and knowledge to bring it to life by completing the installation and commissioning of key systems. which will give him the vital capacity to serve the Royal Navy for decades to come.
HMS Glasgow is the first of an initial batch of three ships all named after British cities, followed by HMS Cardiff and Belfast.
Operating from Naval Base Devonport, the Type 26 will be equipped with bow and towed sonar, as well as a Wildcat or Merlin helicopter, for spearfishing missions.
A 5-inch vertical-launch cannon and missile silo, as well as an adaptable mission bay will provide the frigates’ offensive power and capability.
Assistant Weapons Engineer William Hill, 29, will work hand in hand with BAE Systems workers on the ship.
Mr Hill said: âI saw HMS Glasgow for the first time across the Clyde; it is modern, larger than the Type 23 and has beautiful lines that form its hull. I was excited, not only for the privilege of serving in the company of her first ship, but for all the sailors who will serve with her in the future.
The Type 26 frigate is a high performance anti-submarine warfare platform designed for joint and multinational operations across the spectrum of warfare, including complex combat operations, anti-piracy, l humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
âMuch like the role I played in HMS Queen Elizabeth, my role in HMS Glasgow is slightly more complicated as I will be writing all the procedures, rather than just doing them. Itâs very exciting to be involved. so soon, because it gives us a great opportunity to set the ship on an illustrious course for years to come.
âBAE was very welcoming to us; Defense equipment and support and the Royal Navy have a completely refurbished office within the Scotstoun shipyard, and we were greeted by all BAE staff, from the general manager to the technicians in the manufacturing hall.
“Our early onboarding will ensure the company has easy access to the Royal Navy, as a customer, to enable a seamless transition to service.”
Scott Lorimer, 26, is a project manager on the BAE Systems commissioning team.
He said, âI am the only project management resource within the commissioning team. I’m responsible for ensuring that we deliver our scope on cost, schedule and quality.
âRight now we are writing down all of the test forms that will basically be used to make sure that all the systems on board are working as we designed them, from the systems required by the ships, like fuel, to the lavatories. and hot and cold fresh water faucets.
âOur team is primarily responsible for bringing the ship to life.â
Mr Lorimer also said: “We are in the preparation phase where we are writing these test forms, starting in the fourth quarter of next year it will really start to increase for us as it is at that time. that we will actually start working on the ship and getting the systems up and running.
âWhile we are responsible for proving that all systems work, we are also responsible for bringing the Navy with us on this journey, so we have to make sure they know how to properly operate the systems and give the training that they need and help them in their processes. ”