Type 26 Frigates – Global Combatant Ships

We have recently been awarded the contract from BAE Systems to manufacture the Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalinations plants and associated water treatment equipment for Batch 2 of the Type 26 Frigates (Global Combat Ships) for the Royal Navy.

Each Frigate will be fitted with two RO plants, each providing 54 m3/d of potable water from seawater and 0.6 m3/d of high quality technical water. In addition, a filtration package and chlorine dosing units will be provided for the treatment of embarked fresh water.

The UK Government committed to buy eight of the advanced Type 26 Global Combat Ships in its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will in time replace the anti-submarine warfare Type 23 Frigates.

In 2017, we was awarded the contract for the supply of the above equipment for Type 26 Batch 1. We have since recently completed the build and testing of ship set 3’s equipment, ready to begin production of ship set 4 in Q2 2023 with the final ship set due to be delivered in 2029.

Type 26 will be globally deployable and capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.

The company is actively involved in providing equipment and through life support to the UK’s Royal Navy with equipment fitted on Type 23 Frigates, QE-class Aircraft Carriers, LPD-class, MCMV’s, SRMH’s and Batch 1 of the Type 26 Frigates. As a UK based SME, we are extremely proud to be supporting our Royal Navy in these programmes and more.

This contracts is one of the latest in a series of projects undertaken by SSS for the marine and offshore industries, having recently delivered three 300 m3/d two-pass RO plants for a new cruise ship being manufactured in Germany.

SSS have also recently designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned a 700 m3/d RO plant on a cruise ship (to replace a 20 year old plant with a smaller capacity). This plant was constructed in modules to facilitate installation into the ship during a recent dry-docking.