89. Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow. (NS 559 659)
Yorkhill Quay, on the north side of the river Clyde, provides storage
and support facilities for naval vessels from the Royal Navy and
from a number of other NATO member nations. Recent visitors to the
quay have been ships from the Polish and Dutch navies and in October
2004, HMS Glasgow, which paid a final visit to the city before its
decommissioning early next year. The quay also provides services
for any visiting U.S. Navy vessel.
The Quay at Yorkhill has an area of 1,000 square metres that is
used for visiting naval vessels. This allows a number of ships to
dock at the quay at the same time. This happens frequently before
major naval exercises such as the Joint Maritime Course held three
times a year at Cape Wrath.
On occasions when more docking area is required, the King George
V docks in Govan on the opposite side of the river are made available
to naval vessels. In September 2003, prior to the Northern Light
training exercise on the south west coast of Scotland, twenty warships
from fourteen different nations were docked at Yorkhill and at the
King George V dock. This included ships from Belgium, Canada, Denmark,
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden,
Ukraine, the United States and Great Britain.