Rolls Royce wins design contract for Type 26 frigate propulsion system

The Type 26 frigate, due to commission into the fleet from 2021, will replace the current Type 23 frigate in Royal Navy service. It is likely that replacement will be like-for-like with 13 frigates built, although initial proposals (2009) were for 18 frigates – a number considered, then, to be the minimum to meet operational commitments and contingencies.

Rolls-Royce wins Royal Navy contract – Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to design the gas turbine system for the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 global combat ship, which will, subject to contract, feature the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine, the Rolls-Royce MT30.

Rolls-Royce will work together with prime contractor, BAE Systems, and Tognum, Rolls-Royce’s collaboration with Daimler, to design the advanced propulsion system. This system will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum’s MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.

Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Tognum on the development of an advanced propulsion system for a fleet of ships that will be central to the Royal Navy’s capability for decades to come.

“The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission.”

The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology and builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience. Producing 36 to 40 megawatts, it is the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine and has the highest power density – a key factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce installed two MT30s in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The MT30 is also in service with the US Navy and has been selected for the Republic of Korea Navy’s latest frigate programme.

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Royal Navy updates for September 2013

“Want of frigates.”

What was true in Nelson’s day is true today. A “want of frigates” is a significant impediment to Royal Navy operations. Whether the political will exists in either the Tory or the Labour parties to fund a full Type 26 programme remains to be seen. We hear words, vague promises, murmurings, but not a single keel has been laid… yet all the while the RN’s existing frigate strength is diminished by too-soon journeys to the breaker’s yard.


[From Clarke and M’Arthur, vol. ii. p. 432.]

[About the 5th October, 1805.]

I am sorry ever to trouble their Lordships with anything like a complaint of a want of Frigates and Sloops; but if the different services require them, and I have them not, those services must be neglected to be performed. I am taking all Frigates about me I possibly can, for if I were an Angel, and attending to all the other points of my Command, let the Enemy escape for want of the eyes of the Fleet, I should consider myself as most highly reprehensible. Never less than eight Frigates, and three good fast-sailing, Brigs, should always be with the Fleet to watch Cadiz; end to carry transports in and out to refit it, would take at least ten and four Brigs, to do that service well. At present I have only been able to collect two, which makes me very uneasy.