HMS Ramsey Returns from SNMCMG1

August 12, 2019 – HMS Ramsey has returned home following a four-month NATO deployment. The HMNB Clyde-based Sandown- class minehunter was working with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) in the Baltic and North Sea. Throughout the deployment, HMS Ramsey and her 40-strong crew have conducted maritime security, historical ordnance disposal and multinational exercises alongside the UK’s NATO maritime partners and allies. Deploying after a period of training with Flag Officer Sea Training, HMS Ramsey joined the task group in Gothenburg, Sweden before moving into the Baltic Sea. The…

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HMS Talent Arrives at New Homeport at Faslane

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…

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Continuous at sea deterrent 50: what you need to know

Known as Operation Relentless, at least one Royal Navy ballistic submarine has been patrolling the world’s oceans, unseen and undetected for 50 years. CASD is the longest sustained military operation ever undertaken by the UK. CASD 50 was officially launched on 16 January 2019 when the First Sea Lord visited HM Naval Base Clyde to highlight the 50 year anniversary and present Royal Navy submariners with the new, silver, deterrent pin which will be awarded to those who have completed ten or more patrols. The history of the UK’s nuclear deterrent stretches back to…

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USS Carney Departs Faslane

May 2, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Faslane, Scotland, following a scheduled port visit, May 1, 2019. During Carney’s three-week port visit in Faslane, the crew was able to conduct system maintenance, host the afloat training group, and tour the submarine facilities at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde. “We are extremely grateful to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the people of Scotland for hosting us for an extended period of time,” said Cmdr. Tyson Young, commanding officer of Carney. “Our crew not only had the chance to…

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USS Carney Departs Faslane for JW 19-1

April 1, 2019 – Following a port visit to Faslane, Scotland, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Clyde, en route to the coastal waters of the United Kingdom to participate in the Exercise Joint Warrior 19-1 (JW 19-1), March 31. JW 19-1 is a biannual United Kingdom led exercise focusing on a maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations. Other U.S. Navy units involved in JW 19-1 include: Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers…

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Submarine Rescue Exercise is hosted at HM Naval Base Clyde

December 18, 2018 – Personnel from France, Norway and the United Kingdom gathered at HM Naval Base Clyde to take part in a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) training exercise. Over 110 people participated in the week-long event – the largest evacuation exercise ever to be planned at Faslane – bringing together military and civilian staff including submariners, divers, medics and Babcock personnel. The NSRS, which is jointly owned by France, Norway and the UK, is in three main parts – an Intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (IROV), a Submarine Rescue…

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USS Farragut Departs Faslane

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 25 after a four day port visit to bolster U.S. and UK relations. “The hospitality of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the beauty of Scotland were beyond anything we could have hoped for,” said Cmdr. Jason Lester, Farragut executive officer. “We look forward to future interactions with the United Kingdom as we work together towards security and stability in the region.” While moored pier side, Farragut’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department provided transportation for Farragut Sailors wishing…

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HMS Ramsey sails to join NATO Task Force

HMS Ramsey sailed from her base port of HMNB Clyde to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) on a rare dry and fine morning in Faslane last week. As part of the UK’s commitment to NATO, Ramsey joins SNMCMG1 as part of a multi-national Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Group providing the NATO Response Force Commanders with a fully-integrated MCM capability for operations. This also includes the responsibility for disposal of historical ordnance left over from conflicts in the Northern European maritime region, as well as participation in exercises…

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USS Farragut Arrives in Faslane

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 21, for a scheduled port visit to strengthen U.S. and United Kingdom relations as the two nations work in partnership to fortify security and stability in the region. “This is a great chance for Farragut to visit a NATO partner and take in the rich history Scotland has to offer,” said Cmdr. Casey Baker, Farragut commanding officer. “The crew is looking forward to visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh while the ship takes on much needed supplies. The ongoing support…

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Royal Navy Major Mission Milestone

Royal Navy Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde marked a major milestone recently with the successful completion of the 350th deterrent patrol. As the country’s ultimate weapon, submarine operations and movements are kept a closely guarded secret, but the Silent Service has temporarily broken its silence to reveal the significant achievement.  “Our nuclear submarines are among the most complex machines ever built and ensuring that one is at sea continuously is a huge challenge,” said Rear Admiral John Weale OBE, Head of the UK Submarine Service.  “That the Royal Navy…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Faslane

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Faslane, Scottland, for scheduled port visit Sept. 29. This is Donald Cook’s 3rd port visit of their 6th forward-deployed patrol. While in port Donald Cook is scheduled to participate in a community relations project, receive supplies and fuel, and finish final preparations for exercise Formidable Shield 2017. “Faslane should be a great port for us and the ship giving us a quick look at how some of our NATO allies live their lives on a daily basis while also giving us a chance…

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UK marks 350th UK deterrent patrol

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has today marked the UK’s 350th nuclear deterrence submarine patrol by hosting talks on collective global security with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the North Atlantic Council. The UK Defence Secretary welcomed Jens Stoltenberg and all 29 NATO ambassadors to the home of the UK’s independent strategic nuclear deterrent, Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde. Sir Michael also took the opportunity to confirm that the UK will continue to play a leading role in NATO’s deterrence missions and will modernize and upgrade the Clyde…

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USS Carney Arrives in Faslane, Scotland

March 23, 2017 – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived at Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, March 22 to attend pre-sail conferences leading up to exercise Joint Warrior (JW) 2017. Joint Warrior 17-1, an exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff in the United Kingdom, is intended to improve interoperability between allied and partner navies to prepare participants for operations in a joint maritime environment during deployments. “This is ‘Carney Nation’s’ first visit to Scotland since being forward deployed to…

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UK invests in new submarine training school on the Clyde

February 2, 2017 – HM Treasury this week approved the Initial Gate Business Case for the new submarine school to be built at Scotland’s largest military establishment this week. Final design approval is expected soon, which will allow work to begin later this year. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: We are now making a long-term investment of hundreds of millions of pounds to improve and upgrade the waterfront at Clyde to make sure it is ready to support the United Kingdom’s whole submarine fleet. As well as a boost to…

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