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UK to upgrade Scottish military bases

27th February 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Scottish military bases will be upgraded under a £1.7 billion funding package announced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24 February.

A number of new capabilities are to be based out of Scotland by 2020, and investment will be channelled into a number of areas to reflect this. This includes £1.3 billion investment into upgrades to HM Naval Base Clyde's waterfront, engineering support, accommodation and physical security ahead of the Dreadnought class of deterrent submarines arriving in Scotland from the early 2030s; and a £400 million investment at Lossiemouth as one of the Royal Air Force's three fast jet bases - upgrading its runways, taxiways and accommodation for the nine new Poseidon P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and an additional Typhoon squadron.

Leuchars Station will also be expanded to become the main hub for army activity in Scotland.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: 'Scotland is on the frontline of defending the UK from growing threats at sea, in the air, and on land. Our commitment to the future of defence in Scotland is underlined by increasing investment in better infrastructure for the armed forces helping to keep us safe.'

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