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Faslane: Naval serviceman found dead in ‘unexplained’ incident at high-security base

Reportedly, a Royal Navy serviceman was found dead at the high-security Faslane naval base in Scotland after officers were called to the scene at around 12:30pm. A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

A police spokesperson said: “Around 12:30pm on Thursday December 9, 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.”

Faslane is the navy’s headquarters in Scotland and is best known as the home of the UK’s nuclear weapons, in particular the country’s nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles.

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Also operating on the naval site is a fleet of nuclear-powered Astute-class attack submarines.

This report comes after a strike was planned to take place starting next week.

Unite Scotland confirmed the pay dispute with the ABL Alliance at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot (RNAD) Coulport reached a climax with around 70 workers set to strike from next week.

The ABL Alliance, made up of AWE plc, Babcock Marine (Clyde) Ltd, and Lockheed Martin UK Strategic Systems Ltd, has previously stated it was “disappointed” at the industrial action vote.

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The specialist staff who work for the UK’s nuclear deterrent submarines will start 24-hour strike action on December 16 and December 20.

Further days of strike action are scheduled on January 11 and January 25 and February 8 and February 22 if there is no progress in negotiations.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “For months now these extremely profitable companies have dragged their feet over giving our members the fair pay award they deserve.

“Unite’s priority is to fight for the jobs, pay and conditions of our members, and these highly skilled workers at Coulport and Faslane naval bases have the union’s full support in this dispute.”

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