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Police probe ‘unexplained’ death of Royal Navy serviceman at UK’s Faslane nuclear submarine base

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Police probe ‘unexplained’ death of Royal Navy serviceman at UK’s Faslane nuclear submarine base on the Clyde

  • Emergency services were scrambled to the base at around 12.30pm yesterday
  • The Royal Navy said it was ‘aware of an incident’ but declined to comment
  • Police said a post mortem will now be held to establish exactly what happened 










Police are probing the ‘unexplained’ death of a Royal Navy serviceman at the UK’s nuclear submarine base.

Emergency services were scrambled to Faslane on the Clyde at around 12.30pm yesterday following the tragedy.

The Royal Navy said it was ‘aware of an incident’ but declined to comment further, according to Sky News.

Faslane inspired the fictional base used in hit BBC drama Vigil, starring Suranne Jones and Martin Compston. 

Police are probing the 'unexplained' death of a Royal Navy serviceman at the UK's nuclear submarine base

Police are probing the ‘unexplained’ death of a Royal Navy serviceman at the UK’s nuclear submarine base

Emergency services were scrambled to Faslane on the Clyde at around 12.30pm yesterday following the tragedy

Emergency services were scrambled to Faslane on the Clyde at around 12.30pm yesterday following the tragedy 

Police Scotland are investigating the death and said a post mortem will now be carried out to establish exactly what happened.

A spokesman said: ‘Around 12.30pm on Thursday, 9 December, officers were called to Faslane naval base following the death of a man.

‘A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

‘A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.’

The base on the west coast of Scotland is home to the UK’s nuclear submarines, but ‘senior officials’ recently suggested they could be moved to naval bases in the US or France if Scotland votes Yes in a second referendum on independence. 

Faslane was first set up and used during the Second World War before four nuclear subs were built after negotiations with the US over the purchase of a missile system in the 1960s.

Its secluded location, that was easily navigable but also with deep water, was a major reason why it was chosen as a base during the height of the Cold War. 

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