Chesterfield Special Cylinders in Sheffield was the location for Defence Minister Stuart Andrew for his announcement of HMS Sheffield as the name of a future British submarine hunter. This will be the fourth ship to carry the name, and will be Britain’s fifth state-of-the-art Type 26 frigate.
The Defence Minister chose Chesterfield Special Cylinders as the venue for the announcement as the company is a key supplier of high pressure gas storage systems to the Type 26 programme. CSC’s role as a supplier to the Royal Navy dates back over one hundred years and it is now a supplier to most NATO-friendly navies around the world.
Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: “HMS Sheffield will be at the forefront of our world leading Royal Navy for decades to come, providing cutting edge protection for our aircraft carriers and nuclear deterrent, and offering unrivalled capability at sea.”
All of the Type 26 frigates will be built on the Clyde.
Chesterfield Special Cylinders is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of safety-critical high pressure gas storage systems. Its bespoke products are deployed in the Type 26 frigate for breathing air storage, safety and backup systems, fresh water and power systems.
Chesterfield Special Cylinders’ managing director, Mick Pinder, said: "Chesterfield Special Cylinders has been a strategic supplier to the Royal Navy for over 100 years. Our high-pressure gas storage systems are in use across many platforms, from submarines to surface ships.
"Our reputation for excellence in the design, manufacture and maintenance of safety-critical naval systems has seen our customer base grow in recent years to now include almost every NATO-friendly overseas navy, though the Royal Navy remains a prime partner.
"It is an honour to host the Minister for Defence Procurement and for our manufacturing site to be the location for this important announcement."