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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.

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


Full report: Prince Harry's visit to Devonport

Prince Harry has officially opened a new £30m Royal Navy centre in Plymouth that will boost Britain's amphibious fighting capabilities.

The royal travelled to Devonport naval base to launch Royal Marines Tamar, where servicemen are taught a range of skills from handling hovercrafts to staging beach landings.

John Andrews reports:

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