Shipping & Shipbuilding News -  08 December 2008- The Brightest Maritime Daily

Bow section heads up the Clyde (Photo: Calum McCulloch)

Final type 45 Bow arrives in Glasgow after 500 mile journey from Portsmouth
Significant step in a series of milestones achieved by shipbuilders...

The bow section for the final Type 45 Destroyer, Duncan, has arrived at BVT Surface Fleet’s facility in Govan (Formerly BAE Systems) following a 500 mile trip from its sister yard at Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire. The bow, which was accompanied by the ship’s mast made the journey by ocean going barge up the west coast of England before completing the final leg up the river Clyde.

This significant step in the programme comes only two weeks after the launch of the fourth Type 45, Dragon, from the Govan yard and the bow and mast sections for Duncan reach Glasgow as the first blocks for ship five are starting to take shape on the slipway.

Commenting on the progress that has been made, Type 45 Programme Director Angus Holt said; “The progress that BVT is making in the programme is proof of the company’s commitment to delivering all six ships to the Royal Navy on time and on budget. The workforce in Glasgow is continuing to make hugely significant steps forward and it is a result of their commitment that we have achieved several milestones in recent months with even more to come before the year end.

“In the last 12 months, we have already completed contractor sea trials on the first of class, Daring, ship two is currently undergoing her first set of contractor trials, ship four has been successfully launched and two bow sections have been delivered to our Govan facility. This is excellent progress and I am looking forward to seeing further targets being achieved right across the programme.”

Each destroyer will be able to engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations until 2040.

About BVT Surface Fleet
BVT Surface Fleet, a Joint Venture between BAE Systems and VT Group, is a leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of naval ships, delivering complex engineering, integration and through-life support across the lifecycle of a vessel.

With operations in Glasgow, Portsmouth and Filton near Bristol, it employs over 7,000 people and has the facilities, skills and partnerships to set the global standard in excellence as a trusted and innovative through-life surface warship partner in both the UK and export markets.

Further information about BVT Surface Fleet is available at


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