Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin, has visited Scotland’s military personnel at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HNMB) Clyde.
The base, which is one of Scotland’s largest employment sites, will be home to 8200 jobs and all the Royal Navy’s submarines by 2022.
The Minister met with personnel from the Royal Navy’s submarine flotilla as well as the many employees and contractors who support the base.
Over £500M of investment is being made in HMNB Clyde with work being undertaken on the ship lift, sea walls, jetties and other major projects to ensure Faslane continues as a world leading naval base.
Mrs Baldwin was given a tour of one of the Vanguard class submarines, which carry the UK’s ballistic nuclear missile system.
Last month, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, started work on Vanguard’s successor the £1.3 billion Dreadnought programme when he carried out the first ‘steel cut’.
The visit also took in the waterfront engineering support facilities including the giant ship lift, used to lift the 16,000 tonne submarines out of the water when maintenance work is needed.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: “Scotland has long been central to the success of our Armed Forces and the investment we are making at Faslane is crucial to maintaining that and will make a huge contribution to the local economy, bringing vital job security to our people and their families.”
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