The possible return of US nuclear weapons to RAF Lakenheath after 14 years has been branded “a disaster” by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

It comes amid reports that the US Department of Defense quietly added the UK to a list of NATO nuclear weapons storage locations in Europe being upgraded under a multi-million dollar infrastructure programme.

The UK’s inclusion to the budget was first spotted by Hans Kristensen, the director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Kristensen believes the base in question is RAF Lakenheath, located just 100 km from London.

CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said: 
“News that US nuclear weapons may already be back in Britain, at RAF/USAF Lakenheath, makes the UK once again a forward nuclear base for the US in Europe. 110 US free-fall B61 nuclear bombs were removed from Lakenheath in 2008, following sustained protest at the base by CND and the Lakenheath Action Group. Reports of nuclear exercises at Lakenheath increase the likelihood that nuclear weapons are already back, or are on their way, and within the next year US/NATO nuclear bases in Europe will also receive the new B61-12 guided nuclear bomb.

These bombs are assigned to NATO and the return of US nuclear weapons to Britain – along with the upgrading of its nuclear weapons across Europe – constitutes a further undermining of prospects for global peace. The US is the only country to locate its nuclear weapons outside its own borders and this major increase in NATO’s capacity to wage nuclear war in Europe is dangerously destabilising. Their return will increase global tensions and put Britain on the front line in a NATO/Russia war.”