I am proud and delighted to be given the opportunity to take up the post of Naval Base Commander.

Commodore Keith Beckett RN

Joining Britannia Royal Naval College in 1981, Commodore Beckett read for his first degree at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon.

After submarine and nuclear training he was appointed to the nuclear attack submarine HMS Trafalgar then moved on to the conventional submarine HMS Ocelot until she decommissioned in 1991.

His initial service at HM Naval Base Clyde followed, where he was Support Manager within the Naval Technical Department and was heavily involved in the Base’s preparations for the arrival of HMS Vanguard, the first of the UK’s Trident submarines.

Subsequently, he enjoyed appointments with: the Second Sea Lord, where he was responsible for submarine engineer officer appointments; the Director of Nuclear Propulsion, responsible for the safety approval of the nuclear propulsion plant in the UK’s 'In Service' submarines; and as Submarine Marine Engineer Officer to the Commodore Devonport Flotilla.

In 2004, he was promoted to Captain and was lucky enough to be selected to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies before being appointed as the submarine engineering staff officer to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet.

In August 2007, Commodore Beckett was appointed as Director General Submarines’ UK Technical Liaison Officer in Washington DC.

Commodore Beckett’s most recent appointment before arriving back at HM Naval Base Clyde was as Head of the Nuclear Propulsion Project Team.

Commodore Mike Wareham, who had been Naval Base Commander Clyde since 2011, has been promoted to Rear Admiral and will shortly take up post as the MOD’s Director Submarines.