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HMS Ocean takes part in Baltic exercise

HMS Ocean sails under the Nyborg-Korsor bridge off Denmark Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Ocean has arrived in the Baltic Region for a major multi-national exercise.

The Plymouth-based Royal Navy amphibious warship is the NATO flagship for BALTOPS 2016.

16 other countries are taking part in the war-fighting exercise, which aims to show NATO's commitment to the Baltic Region.

HMS Ocean has the Commander Amphibious Task Force and Commander Land Forces onboard. Helicopters from 814 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset are also embarked.

Plymouth remembers the Battle of Jutland

Naval and civic dignitaries at the wreath laying Credit: Royal Navy

Tears were shed as descendants of those who died at the World War One naval Battle of Jutland were remembered at a commemorative parade and service in Plymouth.

Families of those who died in and survived the historic battle between the mighty German High Seas and Royal Navy’s Grand fleets gathered from all over the UK to honour the dead 100 years on.

The wreath laying party Credit: Royal Navy

The civic event, hosted by Plymouth City Council and organised by the Royal Navy on Plymouth Hoe, was attended by crowds from the city, civic and military guests and invited relatives of sailors who served their country in the largest sea battle between the world’s most powerful warships.

HM RM Band Plymouth at the commemmoration Credit: Royal Navy

“Today’s service was very poignant for the Royal Navy and for the city. This was an important battle as it enabled the continued blockade of Germany and the eventual outcome of the First World War.

“It was important for the city because of the 1,600 brave souls who died, sacrificing themselves for us and our future. Large areas of the city were heavily affected by the deaths because so many of the crews of Plymouth-based warships lived here.

“Because this is a naval city we are proud to have such close links with the community and these links are as close as they have ever been."

– Cmdre Ian Shipperley, Devonport Base Commander

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Foreign Secretary visits Plymouth to campaign for staying in EU

There's more than three months to go before we all vote in the EU referendum - but campaigning has already begun in earnest in the South West.

Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn became the first senior politician to visit our region.

Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn speaking in Plymouth. Credit: ITV West Country

He's been in Plymouth speaking in favour of the in campaign - and highlighting the uncertainty he believes the UK faces if we vote out.

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