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Scotland Gets Military Assets Spending Guarantee

The Defence Secretary has recently confirmed £1.7 billion will be invested to upgrade Scottish military bases. Lossiemouth, one of the RAF's three fast jet bases, is just one of the military establishments that will benefit from the investment in the Defence estate in Scotland.

Sir Michael Fallon has also outlined how Scotland will be home to several additional key Defence capabilities by 2020. He said: "Scotland is on the frontline of defending the United Kingdom from growing threats at sea, in the air and on land. Our commitment to the future of defence in Scotland is underlined by increasing investment in better infrastructure."

Scotland’s 14,000 military regular and reserve personnel and 3,930 MOD civilians are set to benefit from:

  • £1.3 billion investment into upgrades to HM Naval Base Clyde’s waterfront, engineering support, accommodation and physical security ahead of the Dreadnought class of deterrent submarines arriving in Scotland from the early 2030s.
  • £400 million investment at Lossiemouth as one of the RAF’s three fast jet bases - upgrading its runways, taxiways and accommodation for the nine new Poseidon P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and an additional Typhoon squadron.
  • Being home to a versatile Army Adaptive Force Brigade, which specialises in operations, works alongside partner nations abroad, and provides resilience support to Scottish civil authorities and communities. Leuchars Station will be expanded to become the main ‘hub’ for Army activity in Scotland.

Picture: Lossiemouth, one of the RAF's three fast jet bases, is just one of the military establishments that will benefit from the investment in the Defence estate in Scotland 

 

Article written by Robin Snow

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