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Devonport gun salute for Queen's birthday

The Queen visited Devonport last month Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A 21-gun salute will be fired in Devonport today for the Queen's birthday. The rounds will be fired at noon by the Royal Navy's armoury team on board HMS Drake's Quarterdeck.

The Queen visited Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth last month for the first time in five years. All the ships at Devonport Naval Base will raise their flags to mark the event - which is known as 'dressing overall'.

HMS Somerset is 20 years old today

HMS Somerset is 20 years old today Credit: ITV News West Country

One of the West Country's favourite warships turns twenty today. HMS Somerset has travelled almost 60,000 nautical miles since launching in 1994. The Plymouth-based frigate is on her way home from the Gulf where she's been taking part in a global security operation.


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

Sailors and marines march through Plymouth

Hundreds of sailors and Royal Marines will march through Plymouth on today for a ceremonial event celebrating the city's close ties with the Royal Navy.

Around 550 serving personnel and veterans will take part in the parade, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the Naval Service in Plymouth being granted the Freedom of the City. The event is expected to attract thousands of spectators.

Marching troops Credit: ITV News West Country

Yeovilton helicopter crew join Royal Navy drugs bust

A helicopter crew from RNAS Yeovilton assisted sailors aboard HMS Lancaster seize 22 bales of pure cocaine from a speedboat near Puerto Rico, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The RNAS Yeovilton-based MK8 Lynx helicopter launched from HMS Lancaster in the drugs raid. Credit: Ministry of Defence

The drugs, which have an estimated street value of £100 million, were handed over to the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and then the authorities in Puerto Rico.

Sailors onboard HMS Lancaster carry away part of a major drugs haul. Credit: MoD

The Royal Navy mobilised a Lynx helicopter, which is based at RNAS Yeovilton, and high-speed pursuit boat in order to intercept the speedboat suspected of smuggling drugs.

The boat used by the suspected drug smugglers. Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence said that the three people on board initially tried to dispose of the evidence by throwing the drugs overboard, but this was recovered by divers.

The suspected drugs smugglers ultimately cooperated with the Royal Navy.

The boat used by the suspected drug smugglers. Credit: MoD
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