New Commander takes over at Faslane Naval Base
Scotland’s largest military establishment, HM Naval Base Clyde, has a new commander, Commodore Donald Doull (left, below) handing over to Commodore Bob Anstey.
The socially distanced handing-over ceremony took place in Faslane today, attended by representatives from HMS Neptune, the submarine flotilla, 43 Commando and other departments and units at the base.
Commodore Doull, who has been the naval base commander since June 2018, will be promoted to rear admiral and will move to London to work with the Defense Nuclear Organization.
He said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to command HM Clyde Naval Station for the past three years.
“During this time, the naval base received significant investments to become the headquarters of the submarine service
“I have enjoyed working with all of our partners both within the base and in the local community to achieve this exciting vision. “
Commodore Doull departed by boarding a P2000 patrol boat alongside Faslane, being played by a piper and receiving a salute in the water by the Serco tugs.
Next up is Commodore Bob Anstey, who is a familiar face at Clyde Base having most recently served as Deputy Director of Submarines and Senior Officer in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“I am delighted and extremely privileged to ‘take over’,” he said.
“We have seen significant and positive changes in the base over the past few years and, despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the Clyde team has maintained the momentum and willingness to continue to improve as we let’s move on.
“I look forward to joining a great team and working with the entire Clyde community to continue to provide key elements of British defense from the UK Submarine Service headquarters in Scotland. “
Entering the Royal Navy in 1986, Commodore Anstey volunteered to serve in submarines in 1989 after serving with HMS Anglesey and HMS Ark Royal.
His early career with the Submarine Service was spent with the Trafalgar class attack submarines HMS Torbay, Tireless and Trafalgar. He then served as the general manager of HMS Victorious and Vengeance before taking command of HMS Vigilant.
He also spent considerable time at HM Clyde Naval Base – in 2014, he took command of training at-sea training submarines and minor warships at Clyde. Ireland and the Deputy Director of Submarines.