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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:


Prince Harry to open new centre at Devonport

Prince Harry will formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport. Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire

Prince Harry is due in Plymouth today.

He'll formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport Naval Base on Friday.

Royal Marines Tamar will be a centre of operations for small craft, hovercraft and fast boats and will train marines in coastal and river landings.

The prince will also attend a parade and reception at the centre.

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