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3rd Type 26 Frigate to be named HMS Cardiff

The Royal Navy has announced the name of one of the new Type 26 warships as HMS Cardiff on St. David’s Day.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “HMS Cardiff will be a terrific tribute to Wales and its capital city. She will bolster the United Kingdom’s defences across the seven seas – protecting our aircraft carriers and defending our waters from intensifying threats.

The ship, which will be one of the new Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigates, is the third of eight to be named in the force’s City class and is expected to enter service in the 2020s.

HMS Cardiff will be built at the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan, Glasgow along with her sister ships HMS Glasgow and HMS Belfast and will be the second to enter production as part of the £3.7 billion contract for the three ships, announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2017.

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