New commodore takes the helm at Faslane

Commodore Mark Adams has taken over control of Faslane, as Naval Base Commander at HM Naval Base Clyde .

Commodore Keith Beckett welcomes Commodore Mark Adams (right) to Faslane
Commodore Keith Beckett welcomes Commodore Mark Adams (right) to Faslane

The handover took place two weeks ago when Cdre Adams formally became head of establishment at Faslane and Coulport.

Commodore Keith Beckett had only been in post for 13 months, but has been promoted to Rear Admiral and to be appointed as chief of the strategic systems executive at Abbey Wood near Bristol.

He said: “My time in command of HMNB Clyde has been the highlight of my career. I have been fortunate to work with a tremendous team of people.

“We faced considerable challenges on occasion but I like to think we put in place effective solutions each time. I wish everyone at the base all the very best for the future.”

A mechanical engineering graduate, Cdre Adams is no stranger to the Clyde, having served on the hunter-killer submarine HMS Spartan back in the late 1980s.

He returned to Faslane in 1996 in HMS Splendid as deputy marine engineer officer, the first of three assignments to that submarine.

Promoted to Commander in 2002 and Captain in January 2010, he was most recently

submarine programme director in the in-service submarines project team.

He said: “I look forward to leading the HMNB Clyde through a challenging programme of growth and redevelopment whilst continuing to successfully deliver engineering and logistics support to the Fleet”.

“We are on course to become the Submarine Centre of Specialisation, with excellent progress having been made to date. However, there remains a huge amount to undertake and this will require a concerted effort in the coming months from all across the Naval Base, as well as from other MoD agencies and our industrial partners.”