Military convoy carrying nuclear warheads moves across UK
An unmarked military convoy carrying “up to six” nuclear warheads passed through Glasgow. Having been tracked from the M6 motorway near Kendal, Cumbria, the convoy was spotted on the M74 at Lesmahagow around 25 miles south of the city, Glasgow Live reports. It arrived at Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport (RNAD) on Loch Long at around 11.30pm on Friday night (March 18).
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It then passed over the Erskine Bridge before travelling past Loch Lomond on the A82. The route is the same the unmarked military convoy was captured on video taking back in May 2021. Confirming its passage through Glasgow via the M74 and M8, Nukewatch UK Campaigner Jane Tallents told Glasgow Live: “We think that’s the most likely [route] at that time of night.
“Looking at the timings of it, I would say yes that’s probably what it did – took the M74 onto the M8 over the Erskine Bridge and up the A82 at Loch Lomondside. “I know it was about 11.30pm last night that it got into [RNAD] Coulport. I think there were four warhead carriers I believe.
“Our reckoning is that each of those trucks can carry two but one of the trucks is empty as a spare in case it breaks down. “So if there’s four we expect there to be six warheads, or up to six warheads anyway.” The convoy is believed to be the first to pass through Glasgow in five months and while it comes amid the “very, very alarming” Russian invasion of Ukraine, Nukewatch UK says it is “routine”.
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Nuclear warheads are taken from AWE Burghfield – where the warheads are both made and undergo repair works – back to RNAD Coulport to be put on the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines. Jane said: “There hasn’t been one since October last year which is a bit strange. But there was a bit of a flurry in the end.
“There must be some reasoning in their madness but they’d never enlighten us what that is. But yeah this is back to the routine, just refurbishment. “They are not arming up to bomb Russia or anything like that, but they could do that anytime.
“I don’t think this convoy is of any more concern than the fact that we are always, 24/7, armed and ready to start a nuclear war. “Obviously this current situation is very, very alarming and how quickly some incident could just provoke something that gets all out of our control quickly. “All the things that some of us have worried about constantly since the 60s, they come to pass really.
“People have forgotten about it but they are there and this sort of tension is exactly why we said when the Soviet Union fell apart that Nato should have responded by disarming the nuclear weapons. “That was the time to sit down and get rid of them. “It wasn’t just Russia that didn’t want to, it was America, Britain and France who were all quite keen to keep them as well and play power games so it’s set us up for all this.”
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