An American Virginia class nuclear submarine is visiting 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.”

The below image was captured by Sheila Weir, a maritime photographer based in the area. You can find her on Twitter here.

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.

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Leslie Leveson
Leslie Leveson
2 days ago

I trust that Scotland wont acheive its independance as it could put the Royal Navy at risk with its base
The site plays an important position with protection of the countries defence.We must not forget Commander Rasputin with his naval forces bearing its presence in the world, and with his background is never satisfied and loves to agitate.Today we need a group of naval countries to form as the C S G now in the Indian Ocean.-

17 hours ago
Reply to  Leslie Leveson

I, as a Scot sincerely hope the same.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 days ago

Not even been mentioned in the Scottish news today. U do know most of the CND folks and organisation is based south of the border, stupid unnecessary comment but not unexpected