I write this message as I celebrate my first year in command of His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, and what a year 2023 has been.

I reflect on the warmth and friendliness of the local community as I’ve settled into my role and would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming.

Supporting the Submarine and Surface Flotillas from Scotland remains at the forefront of everything we do here on the Clyde.

For a large and diverse site that employs multiple organisations and thousands of people, this is a relentless challenge.

The support we receive from our local communities to meet this challenge is recognised and highly valued.

Throughout the year we have continued to deliver operations.

We hosted the internationally attended NATO Conference, welcomed Astute and Vanguard Class submarines home after momentous patrols, and supported NATO Joint Warrior exercises involving US, French and other European allies.

In May, some of our sailors and marines were honoured to be involved in the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, ensuring the Clyde was represented on that most historic of days.

Local King’s Camp activity programmes resumed in June and October, as well as formal engagement with Argyll and Bute Council on a number of initiatives that will support investment in the local area.

Looking forward to 2024, we will open our new Submarine Training Facility and relocate more submarine training in the naval base.

We have contracted for significant work to refurbish the waterfront area of Faslane and are planning a demolition programme to replace old facilities within Faslane and Coulport.

All of this will ensure we are capable to operate the new Dreadnought Class of Nuclear Deterrent carrying Submarines at the end of this decade.

On behalf of all at HMNB Clyde, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.