Rosyth's a privately-run civilian site now. This affects infrastructure - and MoD civvie jobs - at Portsmouth and possibly Devonport and Faslane. The last two have had shed-loads of taxpayers' cash spent on them recently, so it doesn't look good for Portsmouth, given the shrinking surface fleet and the need to raise the money to pay for the two new carriers.
I was being sarcastic on Rosyth, I know Bruin has his constituancy 'Next Door'.
One of the guys I take an evening drink with is an ex Pommy Matalo. Submariner and he gets quite annoyed about his old dockyard, bloody Yachting Marina with an Historical Fun Park attached.
As an ex soldier I have always apriciated just how much we as a nation Need our Navy.
This is one subject that Party Politics must not be allowed to play silly buggers with.
However I doubt we will be so lucky.
I do not think Gordon will see it quite the same way.
I have just a little suspicion that this review is more about the Elections in Scotland in May next year where there is a good chance that Labour will lose it's tenuous hold on power to the SNP. This review could be both strategic planning in case the deterent has to move, and a bit of carrot and stick for the forthcoming election as well.
I look forward with some interest to the announcement that the Trident weapon store is to be sited in the Plymouth area.
This is all well and good in that it reviews the Basing against current and forecast capabilities but what about redundant capacity for when we have a government which actually wakes up to the strategic reduction in UK defence capability that has occured over the last 20 years and seeks to recreate some form of it. We will then be in the invidious position of trying to unpick all of these flawed reviews as they have addressed short term issues and not the long term defence needs, that said where is the defence concept for 2025 and beyond - in reality probably awaiting the US to release to us the Army after Next concept or whatever they are going to call their next version of futre military thinking.
These clowns have no intention of restoring Fleet capability beyond the minimum needed for expeditionary warfare. They are probably planning further reductions. They can save money by shutting a Base; whatever the true cost.
Guz gives direct access to the Atlantic. Pompey has always had plenty of choke points. The Pompey Base Mateys are in a low unemployment area. The Guz Base Mateys are in a high unemployment area. There is plenty of room in Faslane for the carriers.
I am willing to take a small wager on Pompey closing as a Naval Base - e.g. the 'RN' bit of it to go - within 5 years. Rosyth, Chatham, and Portland have gone, and frankly we don't have the ships to justify more than Devonport any more.
Faslane for most of the Subs, and Plymouth for everything else actually makes sense, oddly enough. What it means for the newly combined and relocated CINCFLEET/2SL/CNH is another matter - another move, I presume!
I can't comment on any of the bases down south, but for those in jock-land, is Rosyth not the only place where the new aircraft carriers can be built? If so unlikely for it to go (especially as Gordon's constituency is there). As for Faslane, its facilities are unlikely to be replicated anywhere else in the UK so it is likely to remain also.
The cynical bast@rd in me also looks at the airfield review and wonders just how Leuchars, Kinloss and Lossiemouth all got a reprieve! The jock mafia is not far form the truth!!!
More interesting is what is going to happen when Labour loose the Scottish Parliament elections next year... Its probable that the only way to keep the SNP out is by a coalition - Labour/Tory/Lib Dem??? So a "nuclear free" Scotland is unlikely.