HM Naval Base Clyde, at Faslane, is some 25 miles north west of Glasgow and is home to the United Kingdom’s strategic nuclear deterrent and the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Scotland.
The Naval Base comprises of the Naval Base at Faslane itself, the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at nearby (RNAD) Coulport, HMS Caledonia at Rosyth, as well as Navy Buildings at Greenock and a number of military ranges.
RNAD Coulport, eight miles from Faslane, is responsible for the storage, processing, maintenance and issue of the Trident Weapon System and the ammunitioning of all submarine embarked weapons.
HMS Caledonia, at Dunfermline on the east coast of Scotland, provides accommodation and support for naval personnel standing by the ships and submarines in refit at the nearby Rosyth dockyard. The site is home to the Naval Regional Commander Scotland and Northern Ireland (NRCSNI), Royal Naval Reserve Unit HMS Scotia and the Royal Marine Band Scotland.
Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the functions of HM Naval Base Clyde is the Naval Base Commander Clyde who is The Authorisee of the Nuclear Site.
In May 2009 the then Minister for the Armed Forces announced that three Trafalgar Class submarines will transfer to Clyde by 2017, joining the Vanguard Class submarines and the Royal Navy’s new Astute Class vessels.
The announcement confirmed HM Naval Base Clyde’s future as the home of the UK Submarine Service and paved the way for Faslane to become the country’s submarine centre of specialisation.
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