Naval Base Clyde welcomes new senior naval officer

Rear Admiral John Weale OBE was officially appointed as Scotland’s senior naval officer during a ceremony yesterday at HM Naval Base Clyde.

In addition to taking up his post as Flag Officer Scotland & Northern Ireland, Rear Admiral Weale also assumes command as Assistant Chief of Staff Submarines (ACNS SM).

The Glasgow-born Admiral will liaise at the top level with the Scottish Government and the NI Assembly on all naval issues and is responsible for the capability and development of the navy’s Submarine Fleet, which by 2023, will be based at HMNB Clyde as it continues a huge programme of infrastructure and capability development to establish a Submarine Centre of Specialisation on the Clyde.

Adm Weale took over the role of FOSNI from Rear Admiral John Clink, who is moving to a new role in the Navy as Flag Officer Sea Training. 

To commemorate the occasion, over 100 submariners from the Faslane Flotilla performed Divisions, a long-standing tradition in the Royal Navy which is designed to demonstrate drill and instils discipline, obedience, smart appearance and confidence, and is often seen at ceremonial occasions.

The Divisions I held today were a chance for all of those who wear Dolphins to understand that they are part of a proud professional specialisation with a strong history and bright future

Rear Admiral John Weale OBE, Flag Officer Scotland & Northern Ireland & Assistant Chief of Staff Submarines (ACNS SM)

The Admiral was welcomed to Faslane by the Naval Base Commander, Commodore Mark Adams, and toured a number of facilities at the Base.

RAdm Weale said: “The Divisions I held today were a chance for all of those who wear Dolphins to understand that they are part of a proud professional specialisation with a strong history and bright future.  

“In addition to my role as FOSNI, my primary objective is to safeguard the operational output of the UK’s Submarine Service and uphold its traditions, pride and ethos. 

The UK government is investing in the future of the Submarine Service in building and delivering the Astute Class and is committed to the development of a new nuclear deterrent class submarine. 

“It is therefore vital that everyone associated with this Service understands the importance of working together and delivering the UK’s national defence from here at HMNB Clyde.” 

Images taken by CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald.