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Royal Navy 21-gun salute to mark The Queen's birthday

Crowds watching a gun salute in Hampshire

The Royal Navy will mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport today.

The event is one of many taking place at military establishments across the country. At Portsmouth's Naval base, Royal Navy ships will celebrate with flags displayed along their sides.

"The Royal Navy in Portsmouth always celebrates the Queen's birthday in this way, but this year is obviously extra special as it marks such a significant milestone for Her Majesty."

– Commander David Hilton, Naval Base services manager
The 19th century gun which fires salutes at Fort Blockhouse was acquired by the Navy in 1957

Dick has helped thousands of sailors to adapt to civilian life

Dick has clocked up more than 51 years of service Credit: Royal Navy

A dedicated ex-Royal Navy Officer and civil servant, who has spent the last 16 years helping thousands of naval personnel make the transition from service to civilian life, has retired having clocked up more than 51 years of loyal service to the Ministry of Defence.

Royal Navy Resettlement Officer, Richard Slade (65), known as Dick, joined the Royal Navy aged 15 on 26 Oct 1965 as a Junior Seaman.

In the early 1970s he transferred to the Royal Navy Police, known then as the regulating branch and after 10 years good service and conduct was selected for Officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, where he passed with flying colours - winning the sword for best Special Duties student in his year.

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New Royal Navy jets are put through their paces

The new multi-role jets which will equip the Royal Navy's new Portsmouth-based aircraft carriers are being put through their paces in the United States.

The F35s are a very much more sophisticated version of the Harrier jump jets which played a vital role in the Falklands war.

Robert Moore sent a special report from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Royal Navy commendation for Gosport sailor

Lieutenant Gibson receives his commendation from Second Sea Lord. Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock Credit: Royal Navy

Gosport Royal Navy engineer Lieutenant Adrian 'Adie' Gibson has been singled out for his outstanding contribution to operations around the globe.

Lt Gibson, who has just left the Royal Navy after more than 30 years’ service, was awarded a commendation by the Second Sea Lord – Britain’s third most senior sailor.

The 48-year-old engineering officer, who grew up in Oxfordshire and attended Fitzharry School in Abingdon before joining the Navy in 1985, was recognised for his commitment and dedication working at the Fleet Intelligence Centre in HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.

New engines for Royal Navy warships which 'keep breaking down'

They are world class, described as the 'backbone of the Royal Navy'. But the Ministry of Defence has been forced to admit that the six Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyers need new engines - because they keep breaking down at sea.

There has been persistent problems with the engines and power systems on the warships, which cost a billion pounds each.

In 2014, HMS Dauntless had to abandon a training exercise. And in 2009, HMS Daring lost power in the Atlantic, on her first voyage to the US.

The MoD won't disclose how much the work will cost - but it's thought it could run to tens of millions of pounds.

Richard Jones reports.

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HMS Mersey to leave Portsmouth for seven-month deployment

HMS Mersey will leave Portsmouth for a seven month deployment Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Mersey will leave her home in Portsmouth today to set off on a seven month deployment to the North Atlantic.

Crew on-board the ship will provide security to overseas territories in the Caribbean, as well as be on standby for disaster relief operations.

HMS Mersey will leave Portsmouth for a seven month deployment Credit: Royal Navy

"This will be a busy and exciting deployment for Mersey and her ship's company. Over the past few months we've worked hard to train and prepare the ship and we are ready for the wide variety of tasks that may be required of us."

– The ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richie Hewitt

HMS Lancaster - home in time for Christmas

Kissing and cuddling has been going on at Portsmouth Naval Base today as HMS Lancaster arrived home after nine months at sea. The type 23 frigate has sailed more than 35,000 and visited 18 countries.

But the 200 crew couldn't hide their delight at seeing their friends and families. Their support was appreciated by everyone on board. Sally Simmonds watched this very special homecoming.

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