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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

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.

VIDEO: Keeping the Royal Navy fuelled

The Navy and Rolls Royce have been working together to come up with a solution to keep Britain's biggest ever warship refuelled and its crew with fresh food and water while staying out to sea.

A test rig has been set up at Torpoint to make sure the £25million project works before the kit is fitted to the giant aircraft carrier, Queen Elizabeth.

John Andrews has been to have a look:


HMS Somerset sails again

HMS Somerset returns to sea

ThePlymouth-based Royal Navy frigate, HMS Somerset, has returned to sea for the first time in nine months, after an extensive revamp.

The Type 23 frigate has been given a new lease of life as one of the most advanced fighting ships in the fleet, following the £20 million upgrade in her home port of Plymouth.

The ship sailed from HM Naval Base, Devonport, to undertake a period of training and equipment trials before returning to operational tasking later this year.

HMS Bulwark returns

HMS Bulwark returns after deployment Credit: ITV Westcountry

The warship HMS Bulwark is returning to the West Country today after a two-month deployment in the Mediterranean. The Plymouth-based ship is due to berth in HM Naval Base Devonport at midday after completing a training exercise with 550 sailors.

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