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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Military dog scoops national prize

PC Simon Hill and Jura on lead. Credit: Ministry of Defence.

A dog stationed at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport has won Service Dog of the Year.

Jura was the youngest dog in this year's competition and works with Ministry of Defence Police Dog Handler Constable Simon Hill.

Constable Hill and Jura with their trophy. Credit: Ministry of Defence.

Disciplines included criminal work, test of courage, gun attack, article search, agility and obedience.

Constable Hill and Jura competed in the Regional Police Dog Trials in Wales in February where they scored 765 points.

The pair has also qualified for the National Trials to be held later this year.

Dog handler Simon Hill and Jura with their prizes. Credit: Ministry of Defence.


Royal Navy statement on nuclear sub fire

The Royal Navy has issued a statement about a fire on the exterior of a nuclear submarine at Devonport this afternoon. The fire happened around 3pm when HMS Torbay was under maintenance afloat.The fire was on top of the outer deck or casing just below the conning tower.

It's thought a worker accidentally sparked the fire, possibly through welding or similar tools. The Ministry of Defence and its contractors are to carry out an investigation to avoid similar incidents.

"The incident was reported within minutes of happening and was reported to Devon Fire and Rescue Service. Before the fire service arrived, the fire was put out by a member of the Royal Navy crew.

"There was no risk to life, no risk to the public. No-one was hurt and no one breathed in any smoke. There were no nuclear implications and the nuclear reactor was not affected. There has been no damage to the submarine."

– Royal Navy spokesman


Fire on board Devonport nuclear sub

There's been a fire on board a nuclear submarine at Devonport dockyard. HMS Torbay was in dry dock for maintenance work when the fire started. It's thought it may have been caused by an electrical fault.

Thirty firefighters were called to the scene following an alert. The blaze was put out soon after the first arrived. A Royal Navy spokesman said it wasn't clear at this stage how it happened. No-one has been reported injured.

Residents near incinerator site say they're 'trapped'

by Jonathan Gibson

Residents living on a Plymouth estate say they're trapped in homes nobody wants, next to the controversial incinerator site at Devonport. The waste to energy plant is already taking shape and is due to open at the end of next year.

As our Plymouth Correspondent Jonathan Gibson reports, MVV - the firm behind the project - is also preparing for more opposition at a public inquiry in Buckfastleigh, over it's appeal to recycle ash at a nearby quarry.

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