UK to build new submarine training school
A new submarine training school will be built at Scotland’s HMNB Clyde, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 2 February.
The school will provide academic and technical training for all Royal Naval personnel entering the submarine service from 2022.
The design for the school is expected to receive approval shortly, with construction set to begin before the end of 2017.
All 11 Royal Navy submarines will be based at HMNB Clyde from 2020, which will see the number of people employed at the base rise from 6,800 people to 8,200.
The relocation of submarine training from HMS Sultan and HMS Raleigh is consistent with the Better Defence Estate Strategy, published in November, which set out the department’s plans to achieve a more efficient, modern and capability focused defence estate.
Defence Secretary, 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.’
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