Royal Marines Barracks Not To Be Closed

Posted on March 1, 2019

Plans to close and sell five UK military facilities, including Royal Marines bases, have been abandoned by the Government.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood made the announcement on the bases in a statement to MPs on Thursday, with the status of 33 bases changing.

Norton Manor Camp, Condor Airfield and Royal Marines Chivenor will no longer be closed, with RAF Molesworth, MOD Woodbridge (Rock Barracks) also being kept open.

Mr Ellwood also said the closure of HMS Sultan, the home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School, will “now be delayed”.

The minister said a further five sites – Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Venning Barracks, RAF Henlow, Chilwell Station and RAF Halton – will be part of a “phased withdrawal and disposal”.

Mr Ellwood revealed that a further three sites had since been disposed of to add to the original nine he announced in July 2018.

They are Defence Infrastructure Organisation Aldershot, Fitzwygram House – otherwise known as the Royal Army Veterinary Corps Centre in Hampshire – and the Joint Supply Chain Services in Longmoor.

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