Hello, it looks like I'm about to be moved from Pompey to Faslane and join one of the MCM1 crews.
I have a very limited knowledge of their deployment time, runs ashore, or general life onboard.
Any advice or information would be much obliged.
Life in Faslane small ships is fine. Just take a car, so as to ensure you can get off the base when you are alongside. Do you do AT or something like that? If so, there is masses to do, otherwise get yourself into Glasgow for the runs ashore and the train back to England!
If you're at sea, you'll spend most of your time up at the Kyles of Lochalsh or Loch Fyne: much better than being sea-sick off Pompey!
I would say theres more to do on the base than there is on any other base.
For snowboarding Faslane has a dry ski slope which might be below you but if your a bit rusty could get you back in to the sport. Plus you can do it for a sport make a mend without having to actually travel. During the season you can easily drive to places in Scotland for the weekend to go snowboarding.
There's plenty of places you can go mountain biking dotted around and the sports centre has mountain bikes you can borrow.
I recently moved from Clyde to Devonport and can honestly say I miss faslane due to the much higher quality of facilities they have.
On the downsides the base is fairly remote getting a bus from the base toHelensburgh involves a fairly decent walk and they are not very regular, although if you time it well there are free base busses. Once you make it in to Helensburgh you will want to Goethe train to Glasgow ASAP as the berg has little to offer in nightlife or anything else.
The train takes about an hour and runs every thirty minutes most of the day.