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Clyde Welcome Tour

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Summer Sabin (Left) spots her father on HMS Defender with her mum Sarah Sabin as HMS Defender returns home to Portsmouth.

A ROYAL Navy Destroyer was deployed to Scottish waters at short notice prior to Christmas in order to intercept and escort a number of Russian warships during their passage past the coast of the UK.

HMS Defender, one of the UK’s newest and most powerful T45 Destroyers, began her 700 mile journey from Portsmouth to the North East of Scotland on 19th December in her role as Fleet Ready Escort. Trained and prepared as the Royal Navy’s high readiness warship, Defender was standing by over the Christmas and New Year period to respond to a wide range of short notice tasking, from search and rescue duties to maritime security patrols such as this.

Defender patrolled home waters in high sea states and storm force winds to welcome the Russian task group which comprised of 6 vessels, including a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier.  Due to bad weather the Russian fleet anchored in the Moray Firth before heading down the East coast of the UK. As a sign of the friendship between the 2 navies, good will messages were exchanged between the Royal Navy and Russian ships on New Year’s Eve.

Clyde Welcome Tour

The Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare team are running a welcome tour around HMNB Clyde on Thursday the 12th of January 2017.

Please meet at the Families Centre at 0915 (the tour will finish at 1215).

It is an idea opportunity to get your Base Pass and do a tour of all the Base facilities:

  • Pass Office
  • Chaplaincy
  • Education Centre
  • Supermess
  • Sportsdrome

Please contact Sophia or Val at the Families Centre on 01436 675 496 or 678029 to book a place on the Mini Bus as there are limited spaces available.

ID is required in the form:

  • A British Passport

Or two of the following:

  • A British Driving License (Photographic only)
  • An Original Birth Certificate (not the short version)
  • Proof of residency e.g. Utility Bill (dated within the past 3 months).

The following are NOT acceptable as proof of ID

  • Bank / Credit cards, International Driving License, Mobile bills or photocopies of the above documentation.