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Major West Country military bases to close in government restructuring plan

The Royal Citadel barracks in Plymouth. Credit: PA Images

The government has announced the closure of several major military sites in the Westcountry including the Royal Citadel in Plymouth.

Norton Manor Camp and the Citadel will both be consolidated around Plymouth and Torpoint.

Chivenor Airfield and Barracks near Barnstaple is also being consolidated into the site at Plymouth and Torpoint.

Here are the full details of the restructuring of bases:

  • Royal Marines Stonehouse - the HQ of 3 Commando Brigade and 30 Commando to close by 2023 and be consolidated in Torpoint/Plymouth
  • The Royal Citadel - the home of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery - to close by 2024 and be consolidated in Torpoint/Plymouth
  • Chivenor Airfield and Barracks to close by 2027 and be consolidated in Torpoint/Plymouth
  • Norton Manor Camp - home of 40 Commando, Royal Marines - to be consolidated in Plymouth/Torpoint
  • Beachley Barracks - 1st Batallion the Rifles - to be closed by 2027
  • 1300 Parkway Bristol to close by 2020 and be consolidated into RAF Shrewsbury
The Norton Manor camp will also be closed. Credit: ITV News

Sir Michael said the changes would mean the Royal Navy remained focused on port bases and naval stations.

MPs heard that surface ships would be based in Portsmouth and Devonport, with all the United Kingdom's submarines based on the Clyde.

There will be a specialist amphibious centre in the South West, based around Devonport, with helicopters based at Yeovilton and Culdrose.

The Defence Secretary announced a further 56 Ministry of Defence sites are set to close across Britain.

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told the Commons the closures will include eight sites in Scotland and three apiece in Wales and Northern Ireland, in the biggest announcement to date in the review of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate.

Sir Michael said the estate was too big and costly to run, with the latest batch of closures paving the way for a more modern military.

It's among a series of closures of military bases in the West Country. Credit: ITV News

He told the Commons:

This strategy looks ahead to 2040 to provide a better defence estate.

An estate that supports a more efficient and effective military capability; an estate that gives our armed forces a world class base from which to work, and an estate that helps defence keep Britain safe and to promote our prosperity."

– Sir Michael Fallon

MPs have been reacting to the announcement:

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