It can sail the worlds ocean’s carrying Helicopters, Cruise missiles and as many as 185 crew. What makes it all the much better then its rivals however is that this 5400 tonne vessel does all of this without being seen.
Despite weighing 5,400 tonnes and measuring 148metres in length – equivalent to 15 double-decker buses parked end-to-end – the Type 26 Global Combat Ship will appear on radars no bigger than a small fishing boat. This means the vessel – the stealthiest ever built by Britain – can creep close to unsuspecting enemy targets before blasting them with a barrage of missiles.
The Type 26 is being kitted out with sleek stealth features, including specially-angled panels made from top secret state-of-the-art materials, which will make it extremely difficult to detect. The ship, which is replacing the UK’s fleet of Type 23 frigates, will possess vertical silos from which to fire a range of potentially-devastating weapons including cruise missiles. A hangar on board will be big enough to hold fearsomely-armed Merlin or Wildcat helicopters and a mission-bay will provide extra space for specialist equipment, including speedboats, unmanned drones and mini-submarines.
This will be the third new addition to the Royal Navy in the 21st Century thus far, with the HMS Queen Elizabeth Class Super Air Craft Carrier & Type 45 Destroyers being the first (pictured below).