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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MoD invests £150m in Devonport Dockyard

HMS Vanguard will be refuelled in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

The Ministry of Defence is to invest around a £150 million at Devonport Dockyard for refuelling of Britain's nuclear submarine fleet after a leak was found in a test reactor in Scotland.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons that HMS Vanguard, Britain's oldest nuclear submarine, will be refuelled in Plymouth during its planned deep maintenance refit in 2015.

Plymouth sailors working to stop illegal drug trade

Plymouth based HMS Portland is working to stop the flow of illegal drugs entering Africa and Europe. The frigate and its crew have been working with coastguards in Cape Verde. HMS Portland left Devonport in January for the seven month patrol.

Plymouth based HMS Portland is working with coastguards in Cape Verde to stop illegal drugs entering Africa and Europe. Credit: ITV News West Country

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New life for Devonport's Market Hall

An iconic market hall building at Devonport is being given to Plymouth City Council today, along with £2.5 million to renovate it.

The hall was hidden for many years behind the old dockyard wall. The council took on the building for just £1 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The council took on Devonport's Market Hall for just £1 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Devonport Dockyard future

The future of the Devonport Dockyard has been discussed in Parliament. The local MP was seeking reassurances from the Defence Secretary after the news that shipbuilding is to end in nearby Portsmouth.

BAE Systems which runs Portsmouth Dockyard announced 1,700 job losses. But Gary Streeter was told, in the House of Commons, that it wouldn't affect Plymouth.

Duke of York visits Devon

The Duke of York Credit: The Royal Navy

HRH The Duke of York has opened a new education and resettlement centre at Devonport Naval base.

Prince Andrew unveiled a plaque and spoke to several servicemen and women already using the facility.

The centre is used to teach literacy, numeracy and IT, GCSE maths and English. It also provides courses for those who are planning to leave the Royal Navy and join the civilian workforce.

The Duke of York opens education and resettlement centre at Devonport Credit: The Royal Navy

Ice patrol ship to move to Plymouth

HMS Protector on patrol in the Antarctic Credit: Royal Navy

The Government has confirmed that a new Antarctic patrol vessel is to be based in Plymouth.

HMS Protector will be moved from Portsmouth to replace HMS Endurance, which was scrapped. Along with other recent decisions, local MP Oliver Colvile says it secures the future of Devonport dockyard.

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Safety concerns at Devonport Dockyard

There are safety concerns after a nuclear ring at Devonport Dockyard lost power for 90 minutes.

The dockyard lost the power that it uses to cool nuclear reactors in Submarines in July 2012. Babcock Marine, the operator of the docks, has been told it must improve safety standards.

The Ministry of Defence has been issued with a warning over the incident. Local MP Oliver Colvile is asking for assurances from Babcock Marine

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