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.
— Iain Cameron (@ScotlandDX) January 11, 2021
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.