The Royal Navy Trafalgar-class attack submarine HMS Talent has arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde as part of the navy’s plan to base all of its submarines in Faslane by 2020.
HMS Talent shifted from her former home at HM Naval Base Devonport.
The nuclear-powered submarine has operated from the Plymouth base for nearly three decades but has now arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde in the latest step in the site’s transformation into the Submarine Centre of Specialisation.
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.
HM Naval Base Clyde will be home to all of the UK’s submarines by 2020. The facility is increasing the number of people employed there from around 6,800 now to approximately 8,200 by 2022.
The base, which includes the port at Faslane and RNAD Coulport, is home to the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, mine counter-measures vessels and patrol boats are also based there. It is also home to 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron, Flag Officer Sea Training North, and Northern Diving Group.