The USS Seawolf arrived in the Clyde a day after the USS John Warner departed.
Visits to HMNB Clyde at Faslane near Glasgow from US submarines are routine but the frequency of these visits is not. Not that it’s anything to be concerned about, it’s just noteworthy.
— Iain Cameron (@ScotlandDX) September 21, 2020
The Seawolf class comprise the quietest, fastest, deepest diving and most capable submarines ever built for the United States Navy. They were so expensive due to their capabilities that even the U.S could only afford to build three of them.
I had the pleasure of watching the USS John Warner depart the Clyde yesterday after the submarine was berthed at the base for a number of days.
HMNB Clyde is one of three operating bases in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy, the others being HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth. It is the home of Britain’s nuclear weapons, in the form of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles.
Faslane is the second largest single-site employer in Scotland, after the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
In other Faslane related submarine news, a Trafalgar class submarine returned to the base on Saturday.
Last year, Trafalgar class submarine HMS Talent moved from her former home at HM Naval Base Devonport as part of an overall move of the UK’s entire submarine fleet to Faslane. The Royal Navy say that the vessel, which completed a multi-million pound refit at Devonport in June last year, will now join Astute-class submarines HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful, and Vanguard-class boats HMS Vanguard, HMS Victorious, HMS Vigilant and HMS Vengeance as part of the Faslane Flotilla at HM Naval Base Clyde.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“HM Naval Base Clyde will be home to all of the UK’s submarines by 2020. As one of the largest employers in Scotland, it is increasing the number of people employed there from around 6,800 now to approximately 8,200 by 2022. The move of the last two Trafalgar class submarines, HM Submarines Talent and Triumph, to the Clyde in 2019 and 2020 from Devonport (Plymouth). By putting our boats and training in one place, our submariners can put down roots in Scotland knowing that they are no longer required to commute from one end of the country to another.”
In 2015, £500 million of upgrade work funding was announced HM Naval Base Clyde. The investment was be spent on ship lifts, sea walls, jetties and other major projects to support the basing of all UK submarines.