An American Virginia class nuclear submarine is conducting a routine visit to HMNB Clyde at Faslane, near Glasgow.
The US Navy say that port visits “strengthen cooperation between the United States and United Kingdom”, and “demonstrate US capability, flexibility, and continuing commitment to NATO allies.”
This isn’t a new occurrence, in fact, it is quite routine. For those remarking ‘this isn’t new’, that’s right but people only know this happens often because it is reported often and we believe that it’s important to report even mundane things like ‘Submarine visits submarine base’ in order to pre-empt sensationalist headlines. If people know it’s routine then no one panics.
The below image was captured by Sheila Weir, a maritime photographer based in the area. You can find her on Twitter here, I recommend you give her a follow.
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) June 2, 2022
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.