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Stephen Cashman: Royal Navy shares ‘great sadness’ as Trident submariner who died at HM Naval Base Clyde is named

The Royal Navy has shared its “great sadness” as a Trident submariner who died at a nuclear base is named.

Police Scotland are carrying out an investigation after Stephen Cashman, 25, was found dead in the barracks at 12.30pm, on Thursday, 9 December.

He worked as an engineering technician at HM Naval Base Clyde, also known as Faslane, just outside the town of Helensburgh, in Argyll and Bute.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm engineering technician Stephen Cashman died on Thursday December 9.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Stephen’s family and friends at this difficult time and we request their privacy is respected.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman added the death is currently being treated as “unexplained”.

She said: “A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death which is currently being treated as unexplained.

“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

Faslane is known for being the home of the UK’s nuclear submarines, as well as having the core of the submarine service.

There are Royal Navy Astute class vessels at the base, along with the First Mine Counter Measures Squadron, Fleet Operational Sea Training (Submarines), 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines and the Northern Diving Group.

There are about 6,800 personnel on site.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “Faslane is home to the UK’s four nuclear submarines, HMS Vengeance, Vanguard, Vigilant and Victorious, which together operate the country’s continuous at-sea deterrent.”

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