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Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde – commonly known throughout the Navy as Faslane – is the Royal Navy’s main presence in Scotland. It is home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and the new generation of hunter-killer submarines. More than 6,500 civilians and Service personnel are employed on the site. HMNB Clyde provides a base port to the ships and submarines of the Faslane Flotilla (FASFLOT) and supports dozens of other visiting vessels each year.

HMNB Clyde
HMNB Clyde
HMNB Clyde


Keith Beckett

HMS Triumph, HMS Vanguard, HMS Ocelot
Military experience

Commodore Keith Beckett joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1981 and, after initial training, read for his first degree at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. Following submarine and nuclear training, he served in HMS Trafalgar as an Assistant Marine Engineer Officer until 1990. He was then appointed as the Marine Engineer Officer in the conventional submarine HMS Ocelot’s final Commission and he remained with her until she decommissioned late in 1991.

An appointment to the Clyde Submarine Base at Faslane (now HM Naval Base Clyde) followed, where he was heavily involved in the Base’s preparations for the arrival of HMS Vanguard, the first of the UK’s Trident submarines.

Cdre Beckett returned to sea in 1994 as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer in the HMS Triumph. In 1995, he moved up to the post of Marine Engineer Officer, and saw her through a varied period of Operations followed by an upgrade and validation period in the Admiralty Floating Dock in Faslane.

After these engineering charge appointments, Cdre Beckett spent 18 months working for the Second Sea Lord (the Royal Navy’s Principal Personnel Officer) and was responsible for submarine engineer officer career appointments and related policy. On promotion to Commander in 1998, Cdre Beckett read for a Master in Defence Administration through Cranfield University.

Subsequently, Cdre Beckett was appointed to work for the Director of Nuclear Propulsion. Here, he was responsible for safety approval of the nuclear propulsion plant in the UK’s ‘In Service’ submarines, before an appointment back to the waterfront in 2002 to serve as the Submarine Marine Engineer Officer to the Commodore Devonport Flotilla.

Following this, and on promotion to Captain in 2004, he was lucky enough to be selected to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies and was then appointed as the submarine engineering staff officer to the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet. Here, he was responsible for Fleet’s engineering policy, operating standards and safety as well as significant involvement with Fleet’s transformation and change programmes. In August 2007, Cdre Beckett was appointed as Director General Submarines’ UK Technology Liaison Officer in Washington DC.

On promotion to Commodore, he was appointed in August 2010 as Head of the Nuclear Propulsion Project Team.

In September 2013, he returned to Faslane as Naval Base Commander (Clyde).

Commodore Beckett is married and has 4 children. They all enjoy outdoor pursuits, particularly sailing.

Clyde's ships and submarines

  • HMS Vanguard

    HMS Vanguard was the first of the four submarines of her class to be launched, on 4 March 1992 at Barrow. As the name-ship of the class she continued to lead the way, carrying out the first Trident missile test firing in May 1994 and the first operational deterrent patrol in early 1995.


    She was also the first to undergo her major mid-life refit, from 2002 to 2004, during which she was fitted with the new Core H reactor core, which will provide the power to see her through the rest of her service life.

  • HMS Bangor

    Minehunter HMS Bangor is one of seven Sandown-class mine countermeasures ships based in Scotland. In 2011 she deployed off Libya as part of the NATO operation Unified Protector to protect Libyan civilians under threat of attack.

    HMS Bangor
  • HMS Ramsey
  • HMS Astute

    HMS Astute, as first of class, has finished her extensive trials package and having recently become an operational submarine will complete the final stage of operational training in early 2014. In the first part of 2012 she proved her ability to prepare and launch tomahawk missiles, successfully firing two missiles from the Gulf of Mexico and accurately hitting the targets on the test range in Northern Florida.

    HMS Astute
  • HMS Grimsby

    HMS Grimsby was built by Vosper Thornycroft at their Southampton yard and was launched by Lady Candice Blackham, on 10 August 1998. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 25 September 1999. HMS Grimsby is the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name and the first mine hunter to do so.

    HMS Grimsby
  • HMS Shoreham

    HMS Shoreham was launched by Lady Perowne on 9 April 2001 and was formally accepted into service on 28 November 2001. She is the fifth vessel to carry the name. The crew are very proud of her three battle honours from World War 2, Sicily and the Mediterranean in 1943 and Burma in 1944-5. On this site you will be able to find out what we have been up to and where we have visited. We hope you enjoy your visit to HMS Shoreham and please surf back soon.

    HMS Shoreham
  • HMS Penzance

    HMS Penzance is a Sandown Class minehunter whose role is to neutralise underwater threats and clear the sea-lanes for shipping. HMS Penzance is one of seven Sandown-class minehunters based in Faslane, Scotland.

    In September 2013 the small ship set out to join with NATO Standing Mine Counter-measures Group 2 in the Mediterranean.

    HMS Penzance




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