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Government pledges £500m for Faslane submarine base upgrade

The UK government is set to invest more than £500m on refurbishment work at the Faslane nuclear submarine base in west Scotland.

Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday that the government would be funding a ten-year programme of upgrades at the HM Naval Base Clyde Faslane - the UK’s flagship submarine base.

The work, which is set to start in 2017, will include ship lifts, sea walls, jetties and other major projects, ensuring Faslane continues as a world leading naval base.

The work will also see the base increase in size, with the upgraded Faslane able to host up to 8,200 military and civilian staff and contractors by 2022 - up 1,500 from its current capacity.

Faslane will be the Royal Navy’s Submarine Centre of Specialisation from 2020, meaning all of the UK’s underwater military capability will be based in Scotland.

Speaking from Faslane, Mr Osborne said: “Today’s announcement of more than £500 million demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to investing in the infrastructure and capability to ensure that Faslane remains the centre of UK submarine operations for the next generation.

“There will be thousands more jobs right here in Faslane, as well as across the UK supply chain.

“Across Scotland, around 12,600 people work in defence and my defence spending commitments will secure these jobs and provide huge opportunities for “

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