21 July 2005

New Defence priorities for Defence Munitions Centre Crombie

New plans for the Defence Munitions Centre at Crombie in Fife, as part of proposals to dramatically improve logistic support to Front Line troops, were announced today by Secretary of State for Defence, John Reid.

The MoD has decided that the existing explosive processing and storage capacity at DMC Crombie will not be required in the long term. Over the next five years this function will gradually transfer to other MoD sites, or until equipment goes out of service

Some of the work currently undertaken at DMC Crombie will move to other DMC sites. As a result, the number of staff employed at that site will reduce from 168 to 26 by 2009/10. 

Mr Reid said: 

“As a result of today’s announcement Crombie will in future concentrate on providing a loading/off-loading function to HM Ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, together with berthing and other jetty operations. Other responsibilities such as maintenance of equipment for military exercises and fork-lift truck training will remain on-site.

“This decision is the right one for our Armed Forces. While every opportunity will be taken to reduce staff numbers by natural wastage and voluntary early release, some redundancies are expected. Staff affected by today’s announcement will be provided with help and training to find new opportunities where appropriate. We will work with the local authority and Scottish Executive to assist the local community wherever we can.”

Notes to Editors

1. Crombie provides an explosives processing and storage capability for air launched and conventional munitions for all three Services. Together with berthing and associated facilities, including loading/off-loading of ammunition, for HM Ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.  The centre is managed by DMC Beith in Ayrshire as a sub-depot.

2. The Ministry of Defence today announced a major review of its storage and distribution network called the Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative. (Press Notice – MoD strengthens Defence Supply Chain). The Future Role of Crombie Study, while not directly part of this initiative, is closely linked to the improvements the Defence Logistics Organisation is carrying out across its storage and distribution network.

3. Today’s change in priorities for Crombie reflect its recognition as a MoD strategic asset (under the strategic mounting capability review) with an expected long-term MoD requirement.
For further information please contact

National Media     MoD Press Office      0207 218 87909/85903
Specialist Media   DLO Press Office      01225 468819/467148
Scottish Media      Sara Reed, MoD PO Scotland 0131 310 2004/05: 07747 767963

A regional media briefings are being organised at Crombie, for more information please contact Sara Reed on the above number

The MoD web-site can be found at http://www.mod.uk.  Alternatively you may contact the MoD Press Office by e-mail at dnewspol@dgcics.mod.uk


Last Updated: 21 Jul 05