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GMB Welcomes HMS Glasgow Announcement

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It is particularly significant for the people of Scotland’s largest city, where the first ship will be built.

GMB has welcomed the news the first of the new Type 26 frigates will be called ‘HMS Glasgow’.

The Ministry of Defence today announced the news ships will be City Class and the first vessel will be named after Scotland’s largest city. [1]

GMB members and their families will react with pride to the name given the historical link and connection with the city that will build the first of the next generation frigates.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer and CSEU Chair Shipbuilding, said:

"It is fantastic news, particularly on the day when the steel was cut in preparation for her construction, that the first of the eight Type 26 Frigates is to be named HMS Glasgow.

“The name itself historically goes back over hundreds of years with previous ships carrying the same name having served with distinction over many battles and two World Wars.

“The last ship to bear this name having been involved in the 1982 Falklands conflict.

“It is particularly significant for the people of the city of Glasgow, given this is where the first ship will be built.

"But more than just the name itself, the use of British steel to build these ships is something we have been continually pushed for. “It means these frigates will be a true benefit to the UK economy and our industries as well as the Navy.

 “Given that the frigates will be known as the City Class, GMB also looks forward to other great cities across the United Kingdom names adorning future frigates in this class".


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