The USS New Hampshire, 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.

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.”

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.

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Harold

Don’t bother returning. No nuclear weapons in Scotland thanks

Airborne

Yaaaaaaaaaawn….

Harold

We discussed your propensity for tiredness before now haven’t we wee pink beret? I’m not going to repeat the sound advice I’ve already given you.

Airborne

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn……

George Royce

Stop replying to this degenerate. You’re feeding him and keeping him alive!

Airborne

I know, however I feel its my civic duty to assit those in society who are sad, lonley and eat crayons on a regular basis.

George Royce

Someone has to feed the inbreds I suppose.

dan

So exactly what nuclear weapons does a US fast attack submarine carry? lol

Supportive Bloke

Probably none.

It is cruise missile equipped.

The nuclear version of cruise was withdrawn some time ago.

But it does have a nuclear reactor…..

Hard to compare to Astute as Astute is a hunter killer whereas this is a boomer that has gone conventional armed. Probably gets quite noisy in a sprint given that it is an old hull form and innards.

StevenW

Sorry to disagree SB because I normally agree with most things you say but I don’t think USS New Hampshire was ever a boomer. She is a Virginia class boat. Some former SSBN US Navy subs such as the USS Florida which is an Ohio Class boat have been converted to a cruise missile submarines.

Supportive Bloke

You are 100% right and I’m 100% wrong!

Thanks for pointing that out!

David Flandry

No law regulates such weapons in Scotland. They will be back.

maurice10

Can’t help wondering if the storming of the Capitol is the end of violent protest, if not, is there a period of political instability facing the USA? If so, we in the rest of the World will need to be on high alert for opportunism from a number of threats. With mother America’s focused on domestic troubles, the rest of us will have to step up to the plate and some countries, might wake up to realise the true value of US military protection?

dan

Is funny how the leftist, liberal elite never once condemned the black lives matter supporters that rioted, looted and burned cities while a few people that storm the Capital building are labeled extremists, terrorists and worse. They must protect their corrupt politicians at all costs. lol

dave12

You do talk out of your ass dan , if you new a bit about trumpski and his silver spoon life you would know he is one of the most elitist presidents the US has, thank god you lot are minority now dying out . keep it nice and white and Christian like dan lol.

David Flandry

The Virginia class is a class of cruise missiles carrying fast attack submarines. (?) Now that is technological innovation.