UK nuclear submarine crews do not want to live around the Faslane naval base on the Clyde because of the prospect of Scottish independence, according to an internal report for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The report also blamed “not enough” pay, “lack of recognition” and the Royal Navy’s “embarrassing” public image for hundreds of trained submariners quitting their jobs in recent years. “Unsustainable” staffing levels, “poor” career management and “dissatisfaction” over the imbalance between work and life were cited as other reasons why sailors and engineers have been leaving. Critics have warned that staff shortages will get worse and that the MoD will “struggle” to maintain the continuous deployment of Trident submarines at sea. The MoD, however, has disowned the report as “unofficial and unauthorised”.
Ferret 23rd Jan 2019 read more »