Police Scotland have arrested a 52 year old man for flying a drone close to a Royal Navy submarine near Faslane.
Late last year, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that a drone had been sighted near HMNB Clyde at Faslane, stating:
“We can confirm that there was a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of HM Naval Base Clyde. The person operating the drone has not been identified and there is an investigation ongoing. At no time was there any risk to any vessel or any members of the public.”
It was earlier thought that the person the investigation was targeted at had been identified, however, it is understood that the arrest took place at Battery Park in Gourock casting doubt over whether or not this arrest is related to the investigation as most drones do not have the range to reach the No Fly Zone near the base from that location.
If this is in fact unrelated (I’m awaiting confirmation from Police Scotland) then this incident raises serious questions over the usage of drones and the vulnerability of submarines leaving or entering Faslane.
INVERCLYDE – DRONE
Police arrested a 52Yo male for flying a Drone too close to a Navy submarine.
Drones can pose a risk to the public and community and should only be used responsibly, safely & legally.
— Inverclyde Police (@GreenockPolice) May 7, 2019
Below, is a view of the restricted airspace near the base, covering Faslane and Coulport.
It is understood that the drone was flying close to an Astute class nuclear submarine, within the restricted airspace.