UK — New depot smooths the way to Afghanistan

A new stor­age depot has been com­plet­ed at Roy­al Marines Bar­racks (RMB) Chivenor, which will allow mil­i­tary vehi­cles to be despatched quick­ly and effi­cient­ly to the front line.

Inside the new storage depot at RMB Chivenor
Inside the new stor­age depot at RMB Chivenor
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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Defence Estates (DE), work­ing with indus­try part­ner Debut Ser­vices, has pro­vid­ed the Com­man­do Logis­tics Reg­i­ment (Cdo Log Regt) with a secure, Con­trolled Humid­i­ty Envi­ron­ment (CHE) vehi­cle stor­age facil­i­ty at the Devon base. 

The new build­ing is an exten­sion to the exist­ing facil­i­ties and great­ly enhances the active life of mil­i­tary vehi­cles. It min­imis­es envi­ron­men­tal dam­age to vehi­cles by remov­ing mois­ture from the atmos­phere and allows them to be main­tained in a con­di­tion for imme­di­ate deployment. 

DE and Debut deliv­ered the CHE stor­age facil­i­ty, on behalf of the Roy­al Navy Estate Organ­i­sa­tion (RNEO). The new build­ing sup­ports the pro­vi­sion of sec­ond line Com­bat Ser­vice Sup­port to 3 Com­man­do Brigade Roy­al Marines. 

Chris Roberts, Project Spon­sor, RNEO said: 

“I am extreme­ly pleased with the out­come of this project, par­tic­u­lar­ly, the high qual­i­ty of work­man­ship and the ‘can do’ approach of the entire project team. Lessons learnt from an ear­li­er facil­i­ty were quick­ly gath­ered, analysed and resolved lead­ing to a much improved and far more effi­cient final design. 

“The facil­i­ty itself has the poten­tial to quick­ly pay for its own con­struc­tion and run­ning costs by deliv­er­ing improved avail­abil­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty of our valu­able hi-tech vehi­cle fleet. It will also sig­nif­i­cant­ly extend vehi­cle life and reduce ser­vic­ing costs.” 

The build­ing was opened by Major Gen­er­al Gar­ry Robi­son Roy­al Marines, Chief of Staff Capa­bil­i­ty to Com­man­der in Chief Fleet. 

DE’s Project Man­ag­er, Emi­ly Sim­mons, commented: 

“I’m very proud to have hand­ed over an impor­tant facil­i­ty which sup­ports 3 Com­man­do Brigade’s fleet of mil­i­tary vehi­cles. This project demon­strates a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship between DE, RNEO and Debut, which is high­ly moti­vat­ed and capable.” 

Paul Nix, Debut’s Core Works Direc­tor, added: 

“The project team has deliv­ered a high qual­i­ty facil­i­ty with­in bud­get and on pro­gramme that sup­ports the oper­a­tional require­ments of the UK’s Armed Forces.” 

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK 

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