The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.
The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.
Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).
The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply. The operation showed tenacity and professionalism.
One of the crewmen who rescued a sailor three miles off the coast of Dorset has said he could have died. The man, who is from Bulgaria was trying to sail to America in a 12ft dinghy.
When we reached the gentleman he didn't want us there, he wanted to carry on his way. His boat was not properly rigged so he was just getting battered, he was at the mercy of the elements. He didn't have a life-jacket, just a buoyancy aid and the vessel didn't have any lights.
All he had on was a bag of personal belongings which were a few odds and ends, a bag of biscuits, beans and hot dogs and a bag with his passport in.
He was obviously suffering from the first signs of hypothermia. He was only wearing a pack-a-mac jacket and leggings. He was absolutely sodden.
I ended up cuddling him at the back of the boat to keep him warm. He would have died, he was severely sea sick, he had the first signs of hypothermia and his boat was filling up with water.
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An air and sea search of the River Helford near Falmouth overnight has so far failed to find a missing swimmer. The alarm was raised at 11.30 last night when the man, who's in his 20s, failed to return from a snorkelling expedition. Police and coastguard teams remain at the scene.
The torment of life in the trenches is laid bare in diaries that were kept by servicemen on the front line. Daphne Harman Young from East Devon got in touch with ITV Westcountry to tell us about her father's experiences. She keeps his memory alive through his diary, which was written in the trenches.
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Jos Buttler is being tipped as the new star of English cricket after being called into the Test team for the first time for the series with India.
The Taunton-born wicketkeeper will make his debut on Sunday. His potential was first spotted when he attended Kings College in the town.
A new 200 million pound superyacht has left Plymouth after it was constructed at Devonport Dockyard. The "Alamshar" belongs to his Royal Highness, The Aga Khan who is the leader of the world's 20 million Ismaili Muslims. It's rumoured he flew in by helicopter to pick up his purchase.
The sacrifice of twenty two men who died in a bombing raid on an army camp in Cornwall was remembered today. A memorial to the victims was dedicated at a ceremony at a church not far from where they died. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
A new Bishop has been installed at Exeter Cathedral.
The Right Reverend Robert Atwell spent 10 years as a Benedictine Monk before serving as a priest.
He's the city's 71st Bishop.
A service was held at Exeter Cathedral to celebrate the new appointment.