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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
Royal Marines on HMS Monmouth have been cycling round-the-clock while at sea to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
A bike has been mounted on a turbo trainer on the Plymouth based frigate. Nine commandos intend to clock up 4,825 miles between them.
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.
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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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HMS Raleigh’s overall effectiveness in providing training for new recruits has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Ofsted carried out an inspection of the Royal Naval base at Torpoint in September 2011.
A Navy warship has returned to Devonport today after nineteen months away. The survey vessel HMS Echo has been mapping the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Her crew have all manged to get home during the deployment, which involved tackling Somali pirates. Our defence correpsondent John Andrews reports.