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21 janvier 2016 4 21 /01 /janvier /2016 17:50
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visiting HMNB Clyde.  Photo UK MoD

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visiting HMNB Clyde. Photo UK MoD

 

21 January 2016 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

Defence Secretary has visited the home of the Royal Navy’s submarine service to make clear the Government’s commitment to the nuclear deterrent.

 

Michael Fallon met submariners today (Thursday) and visited the Vanguard class submarine HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, at Faslane near Glasgow.

Vigilant is one of the four 16,000-tonne vessels which patrol the oceans and make up the UK’s independent strategic nuclear deterrent, which the Royal Navy has operated for more than 40 years.

Mr Fallon was briefed on the submarine’s operations by Vigilant’s commanding officer, Commander Dan Martyn, who guided him through the boat’s control room, missile compartment and missile control centre.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Around the clock nuclear deterrent is as crucial to Britain’s defence now as it has ever been. It is the ultimate guarantee of the nation’s security.

We use our nuclear deterrent every day to deter a nuclear attack, nuclear blackmail and extreme threats that cannot be countered by any other means.

The Defence Secretary also had a chance to take in some of the infrastructure and world-class training facilities at the base.

Rear Admiral John Weale, Rear Admiral Submarines, said:

As a highly professional Service, the Royal Navy is entrusted with safely delivering continuous at sea deterrence. Since 1969 we have ensured at least one submarine was deployed at all times, as the nation’s ultimate security insurance policy.

We are now witnessing a resurgence in the Submarine Service; new submarines and driven personnel. Within the next four years all the UK’s submarines will be based in Scotland. This will lead to the creation of 1,400 new jobs taking the total number employed at HM Naval Base Clyde to 8,200 by 2022.

Commander Dan Martyn, Captain of HMS Vigilant, said:

The men and women of the Vanguard class submarines fully understand their role and responsibility in ultimately protecting the people of the United Kingdom.

The Submarine Service’s absolute professionalism ensures that the country’s nuclear deterrent provides safety and security for us all every hour of every day.

Vanguard Submarine infographic Photo UK MoD

Vanguard Submarine infographic Photo UK MoD

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25 novembre 2014 2 25 /11 /novembre /2014 08:50
Ministry of Defence confirms future submarine basing plan

HMS Ark Royal in the distance in company with HMS Talent as the submarine conducts a high-line transfer off the Northern Coast of Norway [Picture: LA(Phot) Gregg Macready (RN), Crown copyright]

 

24 November 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that two Trafalgar Class submarines will move from Devonport to Clyde.

 

Two Trafalgar Class submarines will move from Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in another step towards HMNB Clyde becoming the Royal Navy’s submarine centre of specialisation.

 

By 2020, HMS Talent and HMS Triumph will have moved to Scotland making HMNB Clyde home to all of the UK’s submarines.

 

The Royal Navy’s other two T-Boats, HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant, are to remain at their current home in Devonport until they are decommissioned in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

 

Ministry of Defence confirms future submarine basing plan

Trafalgar Class submarine HMS Triumph, glides into HM Naval Base Clyde in the early morning sun following a patrol - Picture LA(Phot) Ben Sutton (RN), UK MoD

 

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

    This decision balances the Royal Navy’s operational requirements with giving more clarity to our servicemen and women to plan their family lives.

    HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant crews and their families now have certainty that Devonport will be their home port until the boats decommission. We expect that local communities will welcome HMS Talent and HMS Triumph and their crews and families when they arrive in Scotland later this decade.

    Our commitment to Faslane becoming home to all Royal Navy submarines from 2020 will bring hundreds of jobs and investment to the West of Scotland.

 

There is no change to the decision to make HMNB Clyde the single integrated submarine operating base and submarine centre of specialisation by 2020.

 

However, to have HMS Talent and HMS Triumph remain in Devonport until they decommission represents better value for money than to move them so near to the end of their service lives.

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