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Portsmouth minehunter to spend three years in the Gulf

HMS Middleton leaves on Monday Credit: Royal Navy

Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Middleton will set sail on Monday for a three-year deployment to the Gulf where she will protect vital sea lanes and provide wider maritime security to the region.

Although Middleton will be based in Bahrain for three years, the ship's company will rotate every six months.

Four of the Navy's minehunters are a permanent presence in the Gulf, demonstrating the UK’s 'continued commitment to enduring peace and stability in the region'.

Two arrested after thefts reported from sunken warship

Police investigating the reported theft of items from a sunken Royal Navy warship in the English Channel have arrested two men.

HMS Hermes was a protected cruiser built in the 1890s and converted into an aircraft ferry and depot ship, ready for the start of the First World War in 1914.

It was sunk by a German submarine in the Dover Strait in October of that year with the loss of 44 lives.

A 56-year-old man from Winchelsea in East Sussex was arrested on suspicion of theft and fraud and released on bail pending further enquiries until 22 February 2016. A 55-year-old man from Teynham was arrested on suspicion of theft and released on bail pending further enquiries until the same date.


Royal Navy helicopter creates history on St Helena

The first helicopter to land on St Helena Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy achieved a historic milestone when HMS Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport.

Sitting 1,200 miles off the coast of African and 1,800 miles from South America, St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world – but all of that is scheduled to change early next year when the airport officially opens.

Landing at St Helena airport was a fantastic opportunity to bring a brand new helicopter to a brand new airport, particularly during such an historic period for the island. The airport will usher in a new era for the local community and I was delighted to be a part of that.

– Flight Commander Dave Neyland

A pink paint job for HMS Victory?

The world's oldest commissioned warship is being repainted in the colours she had during her most famous battle.

After extensive research by experts, HMS Victory has been returned to the colour scheme she had at the time of Trafalgar in 1805.

Some say there's a definite hint of Richard Jones reports.


Mexican tall ship invites visitors on board for Armed Forces Day

Mexican tall ship visits Portsmouth Credit: ITV News Meridian

The Mexican Navy sail training ship, ARM Cuauhtémoc, has opened to visitors this weekend in Portsmouth Naval Base, as part of her five day stop-over in the city.

The ship, which acts as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy, will open to visitors today and tomorrow. Access to the ship is free but visitors will need to enter Portsmouth Historic Dockyard via the visitor centre before going on board.

Royal Navy sailor found dead in the Seychelles named

A Royal Navy sailor found dead during a visit by his warship to the Seychelles has been named as Charles Warrender.

The Engineer Technician was serving on HMS Richmond. His body was discovered behind the national library in the capital city of Victoria at 6.45am on Saturday, according to local news reports.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Engineer Technician (Marine Engineer) Charles George Warrender, from HMS Richmond, was found dead in the Seychelles on Saturday. The next of kin have been informed and the thoughts and sympathies of the naval service are with his family and friends at this sad time. The incident is currently under investigation by the local police, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further."

The 23-year-old is understood to have been living in Portsmouth where his ship is based.

HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, is in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Kipion to protect Britain's international interests across the Gulf and the ship hosted a reception on board for British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll last Friday to mark the Queen's birthday.

HMS Ocean to become Fleet Flagship

HMS Ocean will become Fleet Flagship Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Ocean, the nation’s very high readiness helicopter carrier, will shortly assume the duties of Fleet Flagship.

The Plymouth based ship takes over from HMS Bulwark on the morning of Monday 1 June.

The ship will sail next month for the first of a series of exercises that will demonstrate the flexibility of the warship for tasks ranging from the delivery of humanitarian aid to the full range of amphibious operations.

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