Prince William visited Faslane to officially open a multi-million-pound training facility.
The Royal Navy say here that the Prince, who is Commodore-in-Chief Submarines, spent the afternoon at HM Naval Base Clyde, Scotland’s largest military establishment, beginning with an update on operations delivered by members of the Submarine Flotilla.
“While at the site His Royal Highness officially opened the new £34m Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival (SMERAS) facility.
Known as “Thetis” building, after wartime submarine HMS Thetis which sank in Liverpool Bay in 1939, the facility is used to train Royal Navy submariners in how to safely escape from a stricken submarine.
The state-of-the-art building features a realistic simulator capable of mimicking a variety of weather conditions and sea states.”
Captain Iain Breckenridge OBE, in charge of submarine training with the navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training organisation, said:
“We were delighted to host our Commodore-in-Chief to open this fantastic and world-leading submarine escape training facility. His Royal Highness toured the entire building, met training staff and students, and enjoyed some hands-on operation of the escape towers and wave generator.”