Work is well underway on a new training facility which will “secure HMNB Clyde as the central base for submariners in the UK”, say the Ministry of Defence.
According to a news release:
“Last year the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a contract worth £80-million to Kier Graham Defence Ltd to deliver the works, which are expected to be completed in early 2023.
The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building will house the Royal Navy’s new submarine school for all submarine specific training including training for submariners on the new Dreadnought Class submarines, which will maintain the UK’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent. Designed and built in the UK, these submarines will employ world-leading and cutting-edge technology.
The training currently based at the Royal Naval Submarine School (RNSMS) at HMS Raleigh and elements of the training from the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE), and the Nuclear Systems Group and Nuclear Faculty at HMS Sultan will also transfer to the new facility. During May, the new building started to take shape as steel frames were put into place, marking a significant construction milestone in the project.
The new SMTF facility will be located adjacent to, but separate from, the recently completed submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival (SMERAS) facility on the base.”
Steven O’Connor, DIO Project Manager, said:
“DIO is proud to be leading on the development of this essential facility at HMNB Clyde and to support the development of the centre of specialisation. This will ensure that Royal Navy personnel can train in a state-of-the-art environment for many years to come.”