Royal Naval Armaments Depot
A Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) was a group of armament depots dedicated to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy as well as the Royal Air Force, British Army and foreign/commonwealth governments; they were sister depots of Royal Naval Cordite Factories, Royal Naval Torpedo and Royal Naval Mine Depots. Between 1965 and 1994, they were part of the Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service (RNSTS).
Most RNADs were located near to Royal Navy Dockyards to facilitate the transfer of armaments between the depot and the warships; but not too close to minimise the risk of any accident or explosion in the depot causing damage to warships. The term RNAD is no longer in use, except for RNAD Coulport which is the UK Strategic Weapon Facility for the Trident Missile System. The RNSTS has also ceased to exist firstly being renamed the 'Warship Support Agency' and, presently, known as part of the 'Defence Equipment and Support' (DE&S) conglomerate. Those RNADs (except Coulport) that are still in use today are known as Defence Munitions centres (DM), e.g. DM Beith.
... The depot, which had 25 magazines and four stores for naval mines, opened in 1941 around Brown Clee Hill ... In 1960 the railway line was finally closed but the Royal Navy continued to use Ditton Priors until 1965 ... The following year the depot was taken over by US forces that had left France following the French withdrawal from NATO's military structure ...
... Ordnance Board RAF munitions storage during WWII Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service. ...
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