August 9, 2019 – Trafalgar-Class submarine welcomed to new home at HM Naval Base Clyde.
The home of the UK Submarine Service welcomed the latest addition to the Clyde family when HMS Talent arrived recently from her former home at HM Naval Base Devonport.
The Trafalgar-class attack submarine has operated from the Plymouth base for nearly three decades but has now arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde in the latest step in the site’s transformation into the Submarine Centre of Specialization.
The fleet submarine was given a warm welcome by the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron and MOD Police launches as she arrived on the Gare Loch, with accompanying tug boats spraying jets of water to celebrate the occasion.
The vessel, which completed a multi-million pound refit at Devonport in June last year, will now join Astute-class submarines HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful, and Vanguard-class boats HMS Vanguard, HMS Victorious, HMS Vigilant and HMS Vengeance as part of the Faslane Flotilla at HM Naval Base Clyde.
HM Naval Base Clyde will be home to all of the UK’s submarines by 2020. As one of the largest employers in Scotland, it is increasing the number of people employed there from around 6,800 now to approximately 8,200 by 2022.
The base, which includes the port at Faslane and RNAD Coulport, is home to the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, mine counter-measures vessels and patrol boats are also based there. It is also home to 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron, Flag Officer Sea Training North, and Northern Diving Group.