Last year, official DPRTE event partner, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), awarded a contract worth £100 million to Kier Graham to deliver the works on the submarine training facility at HMNB Clyde, which are expected to complete in early 2022.

The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building will provide training for submariners on the new Dreadnought Class submarines, which will maintain the UK’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent. Designed and built in the UK, these submarines will employ world-leading and cutting-edge technology

Training currently based at the Royal Naval Submarine School (RNSMS) at HMS Raleigh and the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE), the Nuclear Systems Group and Nuclear Department (ND) at HMS Sultan will also transfer to the new facility.

This week the new building started to take shape as steel frames were put into place, marking a significant construction milestone in the project.

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.

The works are part of a wider Defence plan to create a Submarine Centre of Specialisation located at HMNB Clyde, which is already home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nuclear deterrent and new generation of hunter-killer submarine. DIO is investing a total £1.6-billion in facilities at HMNB Clyde .

Steven O’Connor, DIO Project Manager, said: “DIO is proud to be leading on the development of this essential facility at HMNB Clyde and to support the development of the centre of specialisation.

This will ensure that Royal Navy personnel can train in a state-of-the-art environment for many years to come.”

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