Yesterday evening at approximately 5.40pm, Peace Campers managed to bring the Nuclear Warhead Convoy to a full stop (again) on the A817, Haul Road, about a kilometre north of HMNB Clyde.
MoD police with sidearms and tasers were quick to react and as a helicopter circled above, the activists managed to leave without any arrests being made. The convoy moved off after a few minutes and is currently at RNAD (Royal Naval Armament Depot) Coulport
This action took place at very short notice thanks to nukewatchers alertness and accurate location reports, and the Peace Campers rapid response.
Whilst we at Peace Camp have gotten somewhat used to the threat of imminent nuclear destruction (living in Tridents shadow at one of many potential “Ground Zero” locations) we strongly suspect that most people are unaware of the danger they unwittingly face as nuclear warheads pass close by them.
The very existence of nuclear warheads is bad enough, but to transport them by road past and through major population centres is beyond belief. Within a few kilometres of five potential accident sites in Birmingham, Preston, Wetherby, Newcastle and Glasgow for example, there are a total of 2.8 million people who could be at risk. There are also 1,181 schools, 131 railway stations, 56 hospitals, 47 major roads, 12 universities and three airports. They are all potentially vulnerable to the after-effects of a convoy accident.
Throughout the country, hundreds more communities and millions more people who live along or near the convoy routes are also at risk. Yet they get no warnings, have never agreed to accept the dangers and are essentially unaware that these deadly convoys pass close by their homes and workplaces.
Furthermore, the “MoD has confessed to eight real accidents involving nuclear weapons convoys between 1960 and 1991. In response to requests under freedom of information law, it has given outline details of a further 180 safety incidents that have plagued the convoy between 2000 and 2016. The convoy has crashed, broken down and got lost. Its brakes have failed, it has leaked fuel and suffered a range of other mechanical failures. Bad luck, poor weather, human error and computer software glitches have all been to blame.”
It seems to us that it is only a matter of time before a serious incident happens, the effects and repercussions of which are too complex and frightening to imagine. This is why we seek to hinder their progress and highlight the dangers and the incidence of these lethal convoys. If the UK persists in driving its warheads up and down the country – “the risk of a catastrophic accident or attack will persist. Whether the risk is tolerable is not a judgement that should be left to the MoD alone. It is one for the millions of people through whose towns and cities the convoys pass. They have the right to decide what’s tolerable – and what’s not!”
Please note that activists from Faslane Peace Camp are acutely aware of the dangers involved when taking action against a convoy – we are exceptionally careful in both the planning and execution of any and all actions – the only people we put at risk is ourselves (unlike the MoD)! We urge members of the public to refrain from taking action against these convoys (other than campaigning, etc.) due to the obvious inherent hazards – anyone who wants to learn more about direct action can contact us through the usual channels.
For more information about the convoys and their malignant cargo see:
Once again an ultra-dangerous Nuclear Convoy has been spotted leaving Burghfield this morning. We’re pretty sure that this one will be travelling all the way to Coulport because of previous dummy runs and other activities by the megadeath merchants of disaster.
RNAD Coulport (Royal Naval Armament Depot Coulport) is on the eastern shore of Loch Long at the end of the B833 road on the Rosneath peninsula, and situated opposite Ardentinny on the western shore. The depot is at the end of an unclassified MoD road which begins near Garelochhead. “This wide, high quality, and substantially straight and level road was designed and constructed by the MoD to provide easy access for road convoys transporting nuclear warheads.”
The convoys normally pass London on the M25, travel on to the M1/A1 to Newcastle then either West to the A74 or North around Edinburgh. In the past the majority of Trident convoys have travelled through the centre of Glasgow on the M8.
Please let us know if you see this convoy by calling:
Faslane Peace Camp: 07376 188 216 (please keep trying if you can’t get through – the MoD regularly jam and block our signal)
Nukewatch South: 0345 4588 364
Nukewatch North: 0345 4588 365
Nukewatch Mob: 07796 226 488
Keep your eyes peeled and please don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving.
For over 500 years, unspeakable acts of violence and exploitation have been committed against the Indigenous Native peoples of America. In the name of profit and “development”, resource rich lands have been stolen and continue to be laid waste to fuel a profoundly sick civilisation founded on greed and lies.
We here at Faslane Peace Camp would like to express our solidarity with all the water protectors, land defenders, saboteurs, protestors and families and friends involved in these struggles – your struggle is our struggle and we stand with you in spirit as the Native Nations march on DC.
“The ‘Dakota Access’ Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.”
“It is a struggle for clean water and sustainability. It is a struggle to leave a planet in good shape for the generations to come. It is also a struggle for the sovereignty and treaty rights of the First Nations.”
Kelly Hayes puts it very well when she states that – “It is crucial that people recognize that Standing Rock is part of an ongoing struggle against colonial violence. #NoDAPL is a front of struggle in a long-erased war against Native peoples — a war that has been active since first contact, and waged without interruption. Our efforts to survive the conditions of this anti-Native society have gone largely unnoticed because white supremacy is the law of the land, and because we, as Native people, have been pushed beyond the limits of public consciousness.” (Full article here)
Sabal Trail pipeline is “a fracked gas pipeline that will threaten the lands, waters (including aquifers, watersheds, rivers, springs, ponds, wetlands), our environment and flora & fauna in three states…Fracked Gas (or methane) would be transported on commuter trains and the entire system will consist of staging areas, compressor stations and areas to process and export the product. One of the plants is dangerously close to a nuclear power plant…This pipeline is just one portion of a much larger infrastructure of over 44 pipelines either being constructed now or in the planning stages all over the continent of North America”.
At least one participant in the resistance against the Sabal Trail pipeline has already been killed by the local law enforcement officers even though “no law enforcement officer was injured or fired at”.
We send our sincere condolences to all the family and friends of James Leroy Marker .
Kill pipelines not people!
- “Stand ye calm and resolute,
- Like a forest close and mute,
- With folded arms and looks which are
- Weapons of unvanquished war.
- And if then the tyrants dare,
- Let them ride among you there;
- Slash, and stab, and maim and hew;
- What they like, that let them do.
- With folded arms and steady eyes,
- And little fear, and less surprise,
- Look upon them as they slay,
- Till their rage has died away:
- Then they will return with shame,
- To the place from which they came,
- And the blood thus shed will speak
- In hot blushes on their cheek:
- Rise, like lions after slumber
- In unvanquishable number!
- Shake your chains to earth like dew
- Which in sleep had fallen on you:
- Ye are many—they are few!”
- (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
We’ve just been informed that the convoy that left Burghfield this morning has done a u-turn and is currently heading back down South from whence it came.
So, Nukewatchers, thanks for your help and vigilance – stay alert and watch this space for updates.
The Megadeath merchants are at it again as a Nuclear Weapons Convoy was spotted leaving Burghfield at 9:40 this morning. The Convoy consists of Warhead Load Carriers (3 to 5 massive dark green trucks), a number of MoD Police escort vehicles and a variety of Military Support Vehicles ( see ).
A Nuclear Weapons Convoy could be carrying Trident nuclear warheads, travelling empty to collect or having unloaded nuclear warheads, engaged in an exercise simulating the transport of warheads, be en route to or from an accident & emergency exercise on a military base, or transporting “Special Nuclear Materials”.
The warheads contain plutonium and other deadly radioactive materials. With each lorry carrying up to 8kg of plutonium, any accident involving an explosion or fire could lead to a radioactive plume spreading for miles, poisoning a huge area for thousands of years.
This deadly cargo could be travelling through or close to where you live ( see ). There have been a number of accidents in the past and the liklihood of a potentially catastrophic incident has grown as the traffic on British roads continues to increase. Furthermore, in 2004 the MoD changed its 50-year policy on nuclear convoys to allow making the 500 mile road trip in one go, travelling in the dark and without overnight stops: more hazardous and with higher risks to the public.
Please keep your eyes peeled and let us at FPC and Nukewatch know if you see it.
Telephone: Faslane Peace Camp: 07376 188 216
Nukewatch South: 0345 4588 364
Nukewatch North: 0345 4588 365
Nukewatch Mob: 07796 226 488
More information about the Nuclear Weapons Convoys can be found here.
Nuclear weapons are, in general, not a very commercial topic: they’re simply too horrific to provide entertainment that most would want to browse through on their free time. Even the most hilarious post-apocalyptic radiation zombie flick comes with that nasty undertone: a reminder that should a nuclear holocaust actually take place, there wouldn’t be much to laugh about anymore.
Nevertheless, the topic has brought many writers or film makers to produce excellent works of fiction in the genres of docudrama, documentary and even pure fiction: even if that fiction is based on real-life scientific facts. We here at the Faslane Peace Camp are exposed on realities of nuclear warfare on everyday basis (after all, if the doomsday button would be pushed, we’d have approximately 4-6 minutes to live anymore!), and thus felt like putting together a short, entertaining and educating list of recommendations about audiovisual takes on the topic of nuclear armament that we’d like to share with you.
1. Threads: as we are located in the UK, Threads, a 1984 British television drama, deserves to be mentioned. It’s a docudrama account of nuclear war and its effects on the city of Sheffield in Northern England, and depicts the medical, economic, social and environmental consequences of nuclear war. Threads was the first production ever to depict a nuclear winter, and has been nominated as the “film which comes closest to representing the full horror of nuclear war and its aftermath, as well as the catastrophic impact that the event would have on human culture”. It is still as up-to-date as it was then: well, maybe apart from those ghastly 80’s hairdo’s!
2. The Day After: an American television film, The Day After, got first aired 1983, bringing the likely consequences of the Cold War nuclear disaster actually breaking out into the living rooms of large audiences. Before the film premiered, viewers were warned of “graphic and disturbing scenes”, and parents were encouraged to watch together and discuss the issues of nuclear warfare with their kids after the film. Television channel had hotlines with counsellors standing by. The realistic portrayal of nuclear war received praise. President Reagan watched the film before its screening, and wrote in his diary that it was “very effective and left me greatly depressed,” and that it changed his mind on the prevailing policy on a nuclear war. Four years later, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed and in Reagan’s memoirs he drew a direct line from the film to the signing: “Don’t think your movie didn’t have any part of this, because it did.”
3. Command and Control: the 2016 documentary Command and Control brings us the long-hidden story of an horrific accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the book by Eric Schlosser, it reminds you of an ancient golden rule: fiction will always play a second fiddle to reality when it comes to true horrors. The case history simply exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen, in reality, when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. Documentary presents us the chain of events that caused the accident and the efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Living next to the Trident nuclear deterrent brings this one uncomfortably close to home, that much we can say!
4. On the Beach: and speaking of HMNB Clyde, a.k.a. Faslane Naval base and its Vanguard nuclear subs, we feel that On the Beach is a work of (sort of) fiction that needs to be mentioned: after all, in its center are a crew of an Los Angeles-class submarine, on station following a nuclear exchange. Based on the 1957 novel by Nevil Shute, both movies (the 1959 original and the 2000 remake) update the setting of the story to the film’s then-future of 2005. As a mini-serie this is a relatively lengthy one, but delivers some impressive images of the aftermath of the nuclear holocaust: the submarine crew walking through the ruins of Anchorage discovering how the people there committed suicide en masse, and a educative periscope tour of the ruins of San Francisco.
5. Akira: as a closing clip, we choose a true classic on many levels, Akira. At the end of the film, a white mass begins to envelop Neo-Tokyo, its swirling winds engulfing the city, swallowing it and leaving nothing but a skeleton of a city. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were and are a national trauma for the Japanese. Part of the healing process still means returning to it in literature, music and art. The lasting images of the firebombings and the nuke bombs are visible, for example, in the works of Osamu Tezuka and his successor, Hayao Miyazaki. Both witnessed the of the bombings at the end of the war. Akira is just one of the many adaptations and takes on these marks of horrific history of nuclear weapons.
Most people go to the seaside and Loch shores for bird watching or just general pleasant sea views. We here at the Faslane Peace Camp are forced to set our eyes also on the sort of views that should’ve never started to exist or should’ve gotten scrapped a long time ago.
From February we share these selected clips with you, dear viewers. On most of the shots you see an Astute class sub, one from the hunter-killer breed that is not carrying nuclear warheads, but would be protecting those four Vanguard class subs who do.
Lately the media has been bursting with news about lots of sub problems the Royal Navy is struggling with (serves them right, right? – it’s just that you folks are footing the ongoing, ever increasing cost): the Trident misfiring case, the old maintenance issues of the Vanguards and, as the latest catch, the little fact that even the new and improved Astute’s are not exactly in a seafaring condition. Though, this should not come as that big of a surprise: already, back in 2013 the problems with the cost and delivery of these new nuclear-powered Astute subs were set out in uncompromising detail in a report published by the National Audit Office .
Feel like giving us a hand with nuke sub spotting? You’re welcome. We offer what you need: from binoculars to kayaks. The rest is up to you. 😉