DEFENCE: NEW COMMANDER FOR SCOTLAND’S LARGEST MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT

By Lucy Ashton

SCOTLAND’S largest military establishment, HM Naval Base Clyde, has a new Naval Base Commander with Commodore Donald Doull handing-over to Commodore Bob Anstey.

The socially distanced hand-over ceremony took place at Faslane on June 15, with representatives from HMS Neptune, the Submarine Flotilla, 43 Commando and other base departments and units attending.

Commodore Doull, who has been the Naval Base Commander since June 2018, will be promoted to Rear Admiral and move on to London to work with the Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO)..

Speaking about his time at HM Naval Base Clyde, Commodore Doull said: “It has been an honour and privilege to command HM Naval Base Clyde for the last three years.

“During this time, the Naval Base has received significant investment to become home of the Submarine Service

“I have greatly enjoyed working with all our partners both within the base and in the local community to realise this exciting vision.”

Commodore Doull left the Naval Base for the final time in style.  Boarding a P2000 patrol boat alongside Faslane, the outgoing Commodore was played-off by a piper and given a waterborne salute by Serco tugs. 

Taking-over is Commodore Bob Anstey who is a familiar face at the Clyde base having most recently served as Deputy Director Submarines and Senior Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“I am delighted and hugely privileged to be ‘taking the baton’ from Commodore Doull as Naval Base Commander for HMNB Clyde”, said Commodore Anstey.

“We have seen significant, positive changes in the base during the last few years and, despite the challenges of the last 18 months, the team on the Clyde have maintained the momentum and drive to keep improving as we go forward.

“I am looking forward to joining a great team and working with the whole Clyde community to continue to deliver key elements of UK Defence from the home of the UK Submarine Service in Scotland.”

Joining the Royal Navy in 1986 Commodore Anstey volunteered for service in Submarines in 1989 after service with HMS Anglesey and HMS Ark Royal. 

His early career with the Submarine Service was spent on Trafalgar class attack submarines HMS Torbay, Tireless and Trafalgar. He later went on to serve as Executive Officer – second-in-command – of HMS Victorious and Vengeance before assuming command of HMS Vigilant.

He has also spent a considerable time at HM Naval Base Clyde – in 2014 he took command of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Submarine and Minor War Vessel training at Clyde, and ,in 2018 was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff Submarines and then Senior Naval Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Deputy Director Submarines. 

Pictured is the first in her class, the Royal Navy’s SSN HMS ASTUTE. 

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde is the Royal Navy’s main presence in Scotland.  Split between two sites, Faslane and RNAD Coulport, the base is home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and the new generation of hunter-killer submarines, the Astute Class.

More than 6,700 civilians and Service personnel are employed by the site and this is set to increase as the base becomes the home of the UK Submarine Service by 2022 and prepares for the arrival of the Dreadnought class, the next generation of the deterrent at the end of the decade.

HMNB Clyde provides a base port to the ships and submarines of the Submarine Flotilla (SUBFLOT) and supports dozens of other visiting vessels each year. In addition, the base is home to Sandown Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs), 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, Fleet Operational Sea Training (North), Northern Diving Group and the NATO Submarine Rescue System.

Picture Captions:

  1. The outgoing NBC Clyde, Commodore Donald Doull, hands-over to new Naval Base Commander, Commodore Bob Anstey.
  2. Commodore Doull with the crew of HMS Raider as they leave the Clyde base.
  3. Commodore Donald Doull bids farewell to HM Naval Base Clyde.
  4. The three Commodores based at HMNB Clyde.  L-R: Commodore Bob Anstey, the new Naval Base Commander Clyde, Commodore Donald Doull, the outgoing NBC, and Commodore Jim Perks, Head of the Submarine Service.
  5. Commodore Doull on board HMS Raider.
  6. Outgoing NBC Clyde, Donald Doull, leaves HMNB Clyde onboard P2000 boat HMS Raider. 

 

 

 

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