The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building at HMNB Clyde in the UK has reached a major construction milestone.

The new building has started to take shape, with steel frames installed this week.

The SMTF building is being developed to train submariners on the new Dreadnought Class submarines. It will be located adjacent to the recently completed submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival (SMERAS) facility at the naval base.

Current training services based at the Royal Naval Submarine School (RNSMS) at HMS Raleigh and the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE), the Nuclear Systems Group and Nuclear Department (ND) at HMS Sultan will also transfer to the new facility.

Kier Graham is delivering the works under a £100m project awarded last year by Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). The project is expected to complete early next year.

DIO Project Manager DIO project manager Steven O’Connor said: “DIO is proud to be leading on the development of this essential facility at HMNB Clyde and to support the development of the centre of specialisation.

“This will ensure that Royal Navy personnel can train in a state-of-the-art environment for many years to come.”

HM Naval Base Clyde captain of submarine training with the Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) organisation captain Iain Breckenridge said: “With training delivery being reshaped to provide modern and highly realistic training in classrooms, simulators, by virtual and synthetic means, as well as online, it means Submariners no longer have to travel to different locations to train.

“Everything will be delivered at HM Naval Base Clyde helping to improve their career and domestic balance.”