Office for Nuclear Regulation

Rosyth Royal Dockyard


  • Operator/Licensee: Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd
  • Parent body organisation: Babcock International Group
  • Type of site: Defence/Commercial Energy & Marine
  • Location: Rosyth, Fife, Scotland

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Rosyth Royal Dockyard copyright MoD


Babcock own and operate Rosyth Dockyard in Fife. The Rosyth facility is one of the largest waterside manufacturing facilities in the UK.

Rosyth Dockyard was used for the refit, repair and maintenance of operational nuclear submarines from the 1960s until 2003. As each submarine reached the end of its operational life, it was defueled and decommissioned onsite.  Phase 1 of the decommissioning is the removal of low-level waste from the decommissioned submarines.

Its primary role now is the dismantling of decommissioned nuclear submarines. It is also the integration site for the Royal Navy's newest aircraft carriers.

A MOD project for the final dismantling of the laid-up submarines is currently at the planning design stage – Submarine Dismantling Project Phase 2, which will remove the intermediate level waste (ILW) from the decommissioned submarines, and infrastructure to process and package the ILW.