The Royal Navy in Scotland

Scotland-based sailors and Royal Marines protect UK waters, provide bomb disposal expertise across Scotland and the north of England, and support international maritime security in the Middle East.

Scotland’s HMNB Clyde will be home to all of Britain’s submarines by 2020.  HM Naval Base Clyde’s main role is to maintain Continuous At Sea Deterrence, which it has safely and securely delivered for 50 years.

The base will welcome four new Dreadnought-class nuclear deterrent submarines in the 2030s, which will operate until the middle of this century.

As one of the largest employers in Scotland, HMNB Clyde is increasing the number of people employed on-site from 6,800 to 8,200 by 2022.

Units based at HM Naval Base Clyde include: four Vanguard Class deterrent submarines; three Astute Class attack submarines (increasing to seven by the mid-2020s); seven Mine Countermeasures Vessels; the Faslane patrol boat squadron; 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines; Flag Officer Sea Training; Northern Diving Group; Ministry of Defence Police; MOD Guard Service; NATO Submarine Rescue Service.

45 Commando Royal Marines is based in Arbroath.  The Royal Navy also has a small regional headquarters at MOD Caledonia, Rosyth which coordinates engagement and outreach activity with the Scottish Government, local authorities, businesses and other organisations across the country.

The Royal Naval Reserve has two units in Scotland: HMS Dalriada in Glasgow and HMS Scotia in Rosyth and Dundee.  Royal Marines Reserve Scotland’s HQ is in Rosyth with detachments in Aberdeen, Belfast, Dundee, Glasgow and Newcastle.

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