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02 Mar 17. New MoU signed to invest in Royal Navy’s HMNB Clyde development. The UK Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK Royal Navy and Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership to invest millions of pounds for developing HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Scotland. The investment will help create new job opportunities, in addition to promoting transport, leisure and business growth in nearby Helensburgh, Scotland.
Naval Base commander commodore Mark Gayfer said: “There are tremendous opportunities for mutual benefit, such as our redevelopment of the Drumfork Club in Helensburgh, building new sports facilities and the UK Government £5m of support for the Council’s waterfront redevelopment.”
The naval base will see the arrival of all Argyll and Bute-based UK attack submarines by 2020 as part of the development, along with the eventual arrival of the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought class of ballistic submarines.
Signatories will work in collaboration under the agreement to provide better infrastructure and opportunities for the families of the Royal Navy, as well as the local people so that they may to live, work and grow together more easily. Scotland Secretary of State David Mundell said: “The UK’s entire submarine fleet will be based at Faslane by 2020. This will reinforce Scotland’s vital role in protecting our country, and guarantee skilled, secure jobs on the Clyde for years to come.
“We must ensure this investment in the base is also a catalyst for growth and regeneration in the wider community.
“Today’s agreement will deliver new housing and improved infrastructure, ensuring people in Argyll and Bute benefit directly from hosting the base.”
The HMNB Clyde development work has been set out in a stragetic delivery and development framework (SDDF), and will focus on the economy, community facilities, transportation, education, communication and housing.
The project will see an increase in the number of HMNB Clyde staff from 6,800 to 8,200, while the construction periods are expected to generate an additional 1,000 contractor jobs. (Source: naval-technology.com)
27 Feb 17. UK Defence Secretary confirms £1.7bn to upgrade Scottish military bases. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the government will invest £1.7bn in order to modernise Scottish military bases. According to Fallon, Scotland will incorporate a wide range of major defence capabilities by 2020, thereby enhancing the UK’s national security.
Fallon said: “Scotland is on the frontline of defending the UK from growing threats at sea, in the air, and on land.
“Our commitment to the future of defence in Scotland is underlined by increasing investment in better infrastructure for the armed forces helping to keep us safe.”
The investment is expected to benefit 14,000 military and reserve personnel, as well as 3,930 civilians from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The government will also invest £1.3bn in order to upgrade Scotland’s HM Naval Base Clyde’s waterfront, accommodation, engineering support and physical security before the Dreadnought-class of deterrent submarines begin arriving in Scotland from the early 2030s. Another £400m will be invested to revamp the runways and taxiways at Lossiemouth, one of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) three fast jet bases, as well as to provide accommodation for the nine new Poseidon P-8 maritime patrol aircraft and an additional Typhoon squadron. Located in Fife, Scotland, the British Army installation Leuchars Station will also be upgraded to serve as the primary hub for army activity in Scotland. The £178bn defence equipment programme creates 11,000 ne