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.
South West personnel are among the one-in-seven naval staff working on Christmas Day.Read the full story ›
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.
Royal Naval divers have refloated a sunken swan nesting site after a plea from a bird lover.Read the full story ›
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.
The Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo has returned home today after an epic deployment of more than a year and a half.Read the full story ›
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.
Crew from HMS Somerset march through Bath after returning to PlymouthRead the full story ›