Navy mystery over unexplained death at high security nuclear submarine base

A Royal Navy serviceman has been found dead at a Scottish naval base which is home to the UK's nuclear submarines.

Emergency services were called to Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde at around 12.30pm yesterday following the serviceman's mystery death.

Police Scotland are investigating what happened and have so far called the death "unexplained".

A post mortem will now be carried out to establish the exact cause of death of the serviceman.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: "It is with sadness that we can confirm a member of the Royal Navy has died.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends at this difficult time and we request their privacy is respected.

"At this stage, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "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."

The Clyde base is home to Britain's fleet of four Vanguard class submarines equipped with Trident nuclear missiles and five other Astute and Trafalgar class nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Faslane was first built and used as a base during World War Two and after negotiations with the US in the 1960s over the purchase of a Polaris missile system, four nuclear submarines were built at the naval base.

The site was chosen in the height of the Cold War due to its secluded location but also with deep water and easily navigable.

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