By Kim Hardie
ROYAL NAVY Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde will have the opportunity to get ship-shape with the opening of a new fitness facility.
Known as “Waterfront 4 Deck”, the gym is fully stocked with treadmills, stepper machines, assault bike, rower, and enough weights to keep Arnold Schwarzenegger happy.
Located close to the submarine berths, the facility was officially opened on Tuesday, May 23, by Captain of the Submarine Flotilla, Captain Chris Gill.
The space also features a “Human Performance Zone” – a quiet space which can be used by anyone who wants to take a moment to reflect or spend some time alone.
Equipped with a coffee machine, books, and journals, it provides a comfortable space for Submariners to unwind before heading back to their busy units.
Captain Chris Gill with those involved in making the new facility happen
Lieutenant Commander AJ Martin, Human Performance Lead for the Submarine Flotilla, said: “The gym is a huge step forward in terms of improving the lived experience of serving Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde.
“The quality of the facility is a testament to the hard work of Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Longhurst
and his team.”
He added: “Making it easier to use gym facilities will improve the physical and mental health of Submariners, helping us to create a Submarine Service that is more capable and more available, more of the time.”
Crew members from HMS Vigilant, Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Longhurst and Leading Seaman Golightly, transformed the space – formerly a locker room – into a first-rate gym.
The Submarine Family and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity contributed £2,500 to make the project happen.
“Having a superb, fully equipped gym in our work area makes a huge difference in the quality of life and ability to stay fit and healthy, “said Lieutenant Commander Greg Barber, who works in the General Support Building and uses the new gym.
“We are at the opposite end of the base to the main gym and often we need to attend meetings through to the early evening. This gives me the flexibility to train, and I have no excuse not to!”