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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.

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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.

HMS Raleigh Praised

Recruits from HMS Raleigh Credit: MOD/Dave Sherfield.

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.

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World War II bomb destroyed by Plymouth divers

This 200 feet high plume of spray was created when the World War II bomb was destroyed Credit: ITV News

Royal Navy divers from Plymouth created a 200 feet high plume of spray clearing a busy shipping lane of a large World War II bomb. The two-metre-long mine was discovered by civilian divers off the South Wales coast and could have been a major hazard to shipping.

A cordon was set up yesterday evening to ensure that the detonation went ahead safely.

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