HMS Echo home after 19 months away

The Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo has returned home today after an epic deployment of more than a year and a half.

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Cutting the cake for a 30-year-old submarine

Cdr Hywel Griffiths cuts a cake to mark the decommissioning of HMS Tireless after 30 years Credit: ITV News West Country

The formal decommissioning of the nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Tireless, has taken place at Devonport.

At 30-years-old, she's Britain's longest serving submarine so, HAD to have her own cake. The vessel's Commanding Officer, Commander Hywel Griffiths, did the honours.


HMS Tireless bows out - to the tune of Mr Blue Sky

The Royal Navy stands on ceremony in Plymouth as it bids farewell to HMS Tireless Credit: ITV News West Country

A service is being held to mark the decommissioning of HMS Tireless, Britain's longest serving submarine. The Royal Marines band has just played Mr Blue Sky during the inspection of the ship's company.

HMS Tireless returns home after helping with the search for the lost Malaysian airliner Credit: Royal Navy

The nuclear-powered submarine returned to Devonport for the last time two weeks ago after helping in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner off Australia.

The 30-year-old boat holds the record for the longest submarine deployment: ten months away from base.

Sailor dies on HMS Bulwark

The sailor died on board HMS Bulwark this morning. Credit: PA

A sailor has died after an industrial accident on board HMS Bulwark at Devonport Naval Base.

Emergency Services were called to the scene just before 11 o'clock this morning when it was reported that a crew member was stuck in a lift shaft.

The man could not be saved and died at the scene.

Police are investigating, along with the Health and Safety Executive but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

HMS Tireless returns to Devonport

HMS Tireless returns to Devonport Credit: PA

The nuclear powered submarine HMS Tireless has returned to Devonport at the end of her last deployment. The 30 year old boat has been helping in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner off Australia.

Most of her life has been spent as a hunter-killer submarine on top secret missions beneath the Atlantic Ocean, but three years ago she completed the longest deployment ever by a Royal Navy submarine on a ten month world tour.

Rehab Centre for servicemen to officially open in Devonport

The Endeavour Centre at Devonport. Credit: ITV News West Country

A twenty three million pound rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women will officially open today at Devonport. It's been paid for by the charity Help for Heroes and the Ministry of Defence.

The centre is home to a gym and swimming pool, with doctors and personal trainers on hand to help injured soldiers recover.


Royal Navy confirms torpedo incident at Devonport

HMS Argyll Credit: Ulrich Perrey/DPA/Press Association Images

The Royal Navy has confirmed that a training torpedo was accidentally launched inside Devonport Naval base in Plymouth on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident in which a test torpedo was "jettisoned onto the wharf."

Royal Navy statement:

We can confirm an incident occurred onboard HMS Argyll on Wednesday 12th March at 3.24pm, while the ship was alongside at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth.

During a training exercise, an inert Test Variant Torpedo (TVT) unexpectedly jettisoned onto the wharf. There was no explosion and no casualties.

An investigation is now under way to determine the cause of the incident.

HMS Argyll was conducting a system test when an inert Test Variant Torpedo was jettisoned unexpectedly. The torpedo is not an explosive hazard.

The specific details of the incident are subject to further investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

A Test Variant Torpedo is a dummy weapon with no explosive content.

There were no casualties involved.

No one was on the jetty at the time of the firing

The torpedo caused minor damage to an adjacent security fence (inside the naval base) where it landed.

The result of the investigation will determine what actions will be necessary to avoid any repeat of this incident in the future. However, torpedo system test firing alongside in the naval base has been suspended subject to completion of the investigation.

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