An MoD spokeswoman declined to speculate on the future of HMNB Clyde given no independence vote was imminent.
She said the site is currently home to four Vanguard class nuclear submarines – the nuclear deterrent, one Trafalgar class Submarine (HMS TALENT, which moved there this week), three Astute class, seven Sandown class minehunters, two P2000 class patrol boats, 43 Cdo Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, who are responsible for defending the nuclear deterrent, and the Northern Diving Group (providing a 24/7 Maritime EOD capability in Scotland).
An SNP spokesman told Express.co.uk: “There will be no place in an independent Scotland for weapons of mass destruction – Trident is opposed by a majority of Scotland’s MSPs and MPs, as well as by religious leaders and leading figures from civic society in Scotland.”
Iain Ballantyne is the editor of WARSHIPS IFR magazine and author of ‘The Deadly Trade’, a history of submarine warfare from ancient times to today (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99 paperback). Visit http://www.expressbookshop.co.uk
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