A Virginia class nuclear submarine has visited HMNB Clyde at 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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HF
HF
8 months ago

‘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’

I thought it was chosen because it’s not in England and is near Glasgow ?

More seriously I wonder who will refer to it as a WMD ? When Astute was rolled out the local news covered it and said it was a ‘wmd’ !

Airborne
Airborne
8 months ago
Reply to  HF

I thought Faslane was chosen as if their was an airburst over Faslane, the blast and shock wave would hit Glasgow in about 18 seconds, and therefore cleaning the place up and improving property prices!

Trevor
Trevor
8 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

It would only do £5 worth of damage. Fair doos, I’m only joking, you Scottish blokes. I was really referring to Wendsbury. But being serious for a minute, have the SNP activists superglue themselves to the hull yet.

Andrew
Andrew
8 months ago

American subs in Scottish Watters is hardly news…. we did after all host their Boomers in the Holy Loch….

Gareth I.F.
Gareth I.F.
8 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Fast attack boats were stationed in Holy Loch as well, iirc. That was stopped…oh, early to mid 90s? Not long after the cold war ended, anyway.

HF
HF
8 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Quite a while ago – they went when the SLBM’s had the range not to need to be berthed so close to Europe.

pkcasimir
pkcasimir
8 months ago

Nowhere does it identify the actual sub. ?

Reaper
Reaper
8 months ago
Reply to  pkcasimir

Not really anybody’s business is it really.

HF
HF
8 months ago
Reply to  Reaper

Plenty of photos of it.

pkcasimir
pkcasimir
8 months ago
Reply to  Reaper

Get real.

andy reeves
andy reeves
8 months ago

i bet they were well impressed by the mighty archer escorting them in.