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Creating a centre of training excellence at HMNB Clyde

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An artists impression of the new Dreadnought class submarine. The submarine is in the middle of the sea and is a large oval shape, with a squared roof.
The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building will provide training for submariners on the new Dreadnought class submarines. [Crown Copyright/MOD2019]
DIO continues to support the development of HMNB Clyde as a centre of excellence for submariners.

To this end, work has begun on a new training facility which will secure HMNB Clyde as the central base for submariners in the UK.

The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building will house the Royal Navy’s new submarine school for all submarine specific training including training for submariners on the new Dreadnought Class submarines.  The training currently based at the Royal Naval Submarine School (RNSMS) at HMS Raleigh and elements of the training from the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE), and the Nuclear Systems Group and Nuclear Faculty at HMS Sultan will also transfer to the new facility. This state-of-the-art facility will ensure that the Royal Navy is future proofing for generations of submariners to come.

Training all under one roof

This new facility will bring most of that training under one roof and will help to create the Submarine Centre of Specialisation at HMNB Clyde.

The building has begun to take shape with the steel structure being put in place. This is a significant construction milestone, and a sign that the project is progressing smoothly toward completion.

A submariner is climbing out of a training submarine hatch, he is wearing a hooded orange hi-vis full body outfit. The hatch is silver with a silver ladder in it.
A sailor using a replica of a submarine hatch at the SMERAS facility. [Crown Copyright/MOD 2020]
The new SMTF facility will be located adjacent to but separate from the recently completed submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival (SMERAS) facility on the base. It will be a welcome addition to the group of high-tech facilities that already occupy HMNB Clyde.

The works are part of a wider Defence plan to create a Submarine Centre of Specialisation to be located at HMNB Clyde.

DIO’s commitment to HMNB Clyde and the Royal Navy

To support the base becoming a centre of excellence of submariners, DIO is investing £1.6bn in total to develop infrastructure at HMNB Clyde. DIO is excited to be part of such crucial projects that will continue to support the national security of the UK.

The SMTF affirms our commitment to support HMNB Clyde in becoming a centre of specialisation for submariners.

DIO is proud to be delivering this important training facility to the Navy.



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