Royal Navy names new warship HMS Cardiff

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Image: Royal Navy – The future Type 26 global combat ship.

Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has used St David’s Day to name one of the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 warships HMS Cardiff.

The third of eight City class anti-submarine warfare frigates, the 149.9-metre by 20.8-metre HMS Cardiff will provide advanced protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

The Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates are being built at Clyde in Scotland.

Expected to travel at speeds of more than 26 knots, the 6,900GT vessels have a range of more than 7,000 nautical miles.

Two other ships in the class have already been named – HMS Glasgow and HMS Belfast.

The new HMS Cardiff is set to enter service in the 2020s.

She will be the fourth ship to be named after the Welsh capital city, and the announcement comes 100 years after the first HMS Cardiff led the surrendered German High Seas Fleet into Scapa Flow at the end of World War I.

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