Plan to move 1,000 people from Royal Marine base in Scotland to Plymouth is scrapped
PLANS for a Royal Marines ‘super-base’ in the South West have been ditched after a government U-turn on moving Royal Marines from Scotland.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is due to announce today that 45 Commando will remain in Arbroath in the Government’s military base review.
It is being reported there are concerns that North Sea oil and gas platforms would be left unprotected if the marines were relocated to the South West.
However, it will be widely suspected that the change of heart is also connected to the upcoming referendum on independence in 2014.
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Under the now shelved proposals around 800 marines and 200 support staff, would have moved to the region in 2016.
The ministry of Defence had refused to say where the commandos would have been based but it is likely Plymouth would have been in poll position.
The city is already home to Stonehouse-based 3 Commando Brigade, 42 Commando at Bickleigh, and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery at the Citadel.