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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.

Prince Harry to visit Devonport Naval Base this week

Prince Harry. Credit: ITV News West Country

Prince Harry will ceremonially open the Royal Navy’s newly built £30m centre of amphibious excellence in Plymouth on Friday 2 August.

He will launch Royal Marines Tamar, the centre of operational and training units for small craft crews of landing craft, hovercraft and fast boats at HM Naval Base in Devonport.

Prince Harry is Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships and Diving.

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