A Virginia class nuclear submarine has arrived in Faslane, near Glasgow.

The US Navy say that the port visits “strengthen cooperation between the United States and United Kingdom”, and “demonstrate US capability, flexibility, and continuing commitment to NATO allies.”

The Virginia class is a class of nuclear-powered cruise missile carrying fast-attack submarines. Designed by the General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Virginia class submarines are the US Navy’s primary undersea warfare platform incorporating stealth, intelligence gathering and comprehensive weapons systems technology.

The submarine is now berthed at HMNB Clyde. The base is sited at Faslane in the west of Scotland not far from Glasgow, one of Britain’s largest cities.

It’s one of three operating bases in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy, the others being HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth. It is best known as the home of Britain’s nuclear weapons, in the form of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles.

Faslane was first constructed and used as a base in World War II. During the 1960s, the British Government began negotiating the Polaris Sales Agreement with the United States regarding the purchase of a Polaris missile system to fire British-built nuclear weapons from five specially constructed submarines. In the end, only four were constructed; HMS Resolution, HMS Repulse, HMS Renown and HMS Revenge. These four submarines were permanently based at Faslane.

Faslane itself was chosen to host these vessels at the height of the Cold War because of its geographic position, which forms a bastion on the relatively secluded but deep and easily navigable Gare Loch and Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland. This position provides for rapid and stealthy access through the North Channel to the submarine patrolling areas in the North Atlantic.

Faslane is the second largest single-site employer in Scotland, after the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

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Ian M.
Ian M.
10 months ago

Aircraft carriers in the Gulf and now nuclear submarines to another political trouble spot? 🙂

Robert1
10 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

Now, now behave…this is just a call to certain trouble makers on both sides.

Ian M.
Ian M.
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

Yes dad.:-)

Mark B
Mark B
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert1

Thought the Scots would be happy now they have a firm date. 17th September 2054. Forecast is good so there should be an excellent turnout.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

There is an USN P-8 deployment at Prestwick & another at Lossiemouth (so ~8 in total plus our own 4 delivered so far) so perhaps there is something afoot under the surface of the N. Atlantic?

julian1
julian1
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

interesting they use both Prestwick and Lossie. I still don’t understand why they don’t use Kinloss rather than Prestwick

Dave Wolfy
Dave Wolfy
10 months ago
Reply to  julian1

Kinloss is in the middle of nowhere, Prestwick is near Glasgow.
When the US SSBNs were based in Scotland the US resisted having them based further up the coast, for the same reason.

julian1
julian1
10 months ago
Reply to  Dave Wolfy

kinloss is the old nimrod base and next to Elgin which has a large base at Lossie. Thought they may want to keep the crews close…

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  julian1

because Kinloss is just down the road from Lossie (it’s now mainly maintained as a divert for Lossie) & is an Army Barracks (39 Engineer Regt). Why would you use Kinloss when all the new P8 facilities are at Lossie, under 15 miles away? Flying from Prestwick gets you to a more western search area a whole lot quicker.

julian1
julian1
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

so sounds like Prestwick should just become a military airfield then. Why didn’t they just base the RAF P8s there then if it is a better location than Lossie?

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
10 months ago
Reply to  julian1

Prestwick is a civilian airport, they just use it for refueling

Dave Wolfy
Dave Wolfy
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

The US used to fly troops to Europe through Prestwick so they could get a medal for flying over a war zone – NI.

I do hope that is true!

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
10 months ago
Reply to  Dave Wolfy

???

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Part used to be RN. RNAS Prestwick, sadly cut.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

No, they don’t. The USN P8s have been deployed there for weeks. It’s also regularly used for exercises like Joint Warrior.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  julian1

well, “back in the day” we had ASW helicopters based at Prestwick as well as Nimrods at Kinloss until budget cuts did for both. 🙁 The Boeing P8 facilities at Lossie I believe are also going to see use by USN & Norwegian P8s (& presumably any other European nations that buy them) & recently released that our Wedgetails will be there too. Much easier to move an airframe around to another airfield than a major depot servicing facility.

geoff
geoff
10 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

🙂 On a less mischievous note, I presume that if Scotland was ever to become Independent that such visits would be banned from that time on.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago

I am quite happy to have them.

Ian M.
Ian M.
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

I think all of the retired boats should be stored at Faslane as well.

Airborne
Airborne
10 months ago

Boring…..

David Barry
David Barry
10 months ago

Dear Harold, please don’t be sooo self reflective and put upon yourself so.
Just bugger off, we’re all ‘guests’ on this website.

Meirion X
Meirion X
10 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Who does H think he is?
God!

Last edited 10 months ago by Meirion X
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

Quote from Rambo 3 that!

Meirion X
Meirion X
10 months ago

I Never seen Rambo 3!
I will look into it.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

OMG Merion. Lol.
Yes, during the “interogation” scene. so close to yours I thought you’d lifted it direct.
“Who does this man think he is…..God?’
?

Meirion X
Meirion X
10 months ago

I believe you Daniele!
I will find some time to watch it.

Airborne
Airborne
10 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

A Scottish fascist nationalist, who names himself after an 11th C Anglo Saxon king….you couldn’t make it up could you…lol

The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
10 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

No he’s English he just pretends to be from the motherland ?

Not a steaming pile of shites chance in a vegetarian shitehoose that he’s from any of the Clans he’s an engerlander alright . ?

???????????

Airborne
Airborne
10 months ago

No way, he is definatly an SNP sheep troll, stalking normal peoples interests, in order to make himself feel more important and bigger then he is. Never promoted to the position he though he should be….

Meirion X
Meirion X
10 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

I agree!

dan
dan
10 months ago

Did not know Scotland can now defend themselves. How do they manage that?