Nuclear submarines from three countries were berthed in HMNB Clyde at Faslane near Glasgow in Scotland.
The American submarine is of the Virginia class and the French submarine is of the Rubis class.
The messaging behind this isn’t going to be lost on the powers that be and while the visits themselves may be routine logistics stops, the symbolic image of nuclear submarines belonging to NATO’s three nuclear powers sailing in and out of the same naval base shows serious unity and collective capability.
It is understood that these deployments are not part of any planned exercises (we often report as and when this happens) and are, as said above, routine logistical stops.
This is significant and I cannot remember the last time that nuclear submarines belonging to three western nations were in the same place at the same time, let alone a base so close to where Russian submarines typically operate in the North Atlantic.
and here's the American boat. https://t.co/oVQxqxGFG6
— George Allison (@geoallison) April 28, 2022
The Virginia Class
Nineteen Virginia class attack submarines have been commissioned to date, and they will replace Los Angeles Class submarines as they retire. Virginia-class submarines will be acquired through 2043, and are expected to remain in service until at least 2060, with later submarines expected to remain into the 2070s.
The first was laid down in September 1999 and launched in 2003.
The Rubis Class
The French Navy operates six Rubis Amethyste class attack submarines from the naval base in Toulon. The submarines, built at the Cherbourg Naval Dockyard of DCN, are the Rubis S601 commissioned in 1983, Saphir S602 (1984), Casabianca S603 (1987), Emeraude S604 (1988), Amethyste S605 (1992) and Perle S606 (1993).
The first Rubis hull was laid down in December 1976 and launched in 1979.
The British boats based at Faslane
HM Naval Base Clyde – commonly known throughout the Navy as Faslane – is the Royal Navy’s main presence in Scotland. It is home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and the new generation of hunter-killer submarines.
The base is home to Trident nuclear missile-carrying Vanguard-class nuclear submarines in addition to Astute-class attack submarines and a number of smaller, conventional surface vessels.
The Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, 8 miles from Faslane, is responsible for the storage, processing, maintenance and issue of key elements of the UK’s Trident Deterrent Missile System and the ammunitioning of all submarine embarked weapons.