The USS John Warner, a Virginia class nuclear submarine, has left the Clyde after a routine port call.

The Virginia class is a class of nuclear-powered cruise missile carrying fast-attack submarines.

The submarine was 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. 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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HF
HF
8 days ago

This class was built as a cheaper alternative to the Seawolf class. At $3bn a time you can see why they stopped at 3.

HF
HF
8 days ago

In other news Japan & India have signed a defence agreement – don’t know the details but expect a reaction from China.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
8 days ago
Reply to  HF

That is interesting, thanks for the heads up HF. I have been wondering if the UK will start to cosy up to India given Brexit, shared concerns about China’s growing military and economic aggression would make it a good move – not withstanding the Hindu nationalist policies of the current Indian government.

HF
HF
8 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Australia is also cosying up to India, as you probably know.

John Clark
John Clark
7 days ago
Reply to  HF

ASEAN will probably grow into a copy of NATO, cementing defence ties along with economic ones.

Unfortunately China’s increasingly threatening stance requires a unified response and counties that might not nessasally be natural bed fellows, will have to work together to face a common threat.

The UK will be involved, that’s without a doubt….

HF
HF
7 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

Is SEATO in existence in any form, I wonder…

John Clark
John Clark
7 days ago
Reply to  HF

I would think ASEAN will naturally metamorphosis into and economic and military alliance, as sort of less rabid EU with guns… Its required, China’s sabre rattling has got increasingly severe, an ASEAN ‘Nato type’ article 5 is very much needed. There really is no way to sugar coat it, China is bullying its neighbours, flexing its new Superpower muscles to grab natural resources in the South China Sea, a Naval misunderstanding between Vietnam and China could easily escalate into a full blown shooting war. It will expand its authority and dominance into the Pacific and Indian oceans if its not… Read more »

HF
HF
7 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

Can’t say I disagree with much of that – except the description of the EU as rabid.

julian1
julian1
7 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

UK has been trying to cosy up to India for years but without success. Post colonial resentment, visa arguments and IP lawsuits over new hot curry recipes developed in Bradford and Rusholme have caused a diplomatic spat.

Andy
Andy
7 days ago

Off to join a certain CBG in the neighborhood? Or to attack it?