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RMB Chivenor 'Will Continue To Have A Role To Play' Says Defence Minister

The Royal Marine Base was earmarked for closure two years ago as part of the Better Defence Estate strategy.

Royal Marine Base (RMB) Chivenor

Royal Marines Barracks in Chivenor, Devon (Picture: PA)

A Defence Minister has given a strong hint that the government may reverse its plan to close Royal Marine Base (RMB) Chivenor in Devon.

Tobias Ellwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, was speaking in a debate on Wednesday, brought forward by Conservative MP for North Devon, Peter Heaton-Jones, on the future of the base.

The People and Veterans Minister said that the base will ‘continue to have a role to play’, with a full announcement due shortly.

"We recognise the benefits of retaining a Royal Marine presence at Chivenor.

"I make it very, very clear that Chivenor will continue to have a role to play."

It was earmarked for closure two years ago as part of the Better Defence Estate strategy, a 3 billion pound set of cost-saving measures by the MOD.

Chivenor has been home to the armed forces since the 1940s.