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Somali pirates stopped by Royal Navy and allies

The Royal Navy said it wanted to send a clear message that piracy no longer pays Credit: Royal Navy

A group of Somali pirates have been stopped in their tracks by acounter piracy task force following recent attacks of two vessels in the Indian Ocean.

The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Counter Piracy task force along with other allies embarked on the operation.

The Royal Navy said the naval community should be vigilant of the threat of piracy Credit: Royal Navy

A task force of vessels from different countries had been searching for the pirates since they attacked and exchanged gunfire with the supertanker Island Splendor on Friday 11th October. Three days later a Spanish fishing vessel was also attacked by what was suspected to be the same pirates.

The pirates were 500 nautical miles from the Somali coast. Credit: Royal Navy
The Combined Maritime Forces is a multinational naval partnership of 29 nations Credit: Royal Navy


Hollywood stars open Surrey cinema

Hollywood actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have attended the red carpet opening of a new cinema at the rehabilitation centre Headley Court in Surrey.

The Hot Fuzz stars are supporters of the charity Medicinema which shows special screenings of the latest blockbusters, at hospitals across the UK.

A squash court at the Surrey hospital has been specially converted for the use by injured members of the armed forces.

Simon Pegg at the British Grand Prix earlier this year Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

HMS Kent visits Dover on four-day tour

HMS Kent visits Dover

The Royal Navy's HMS Kent is sailing into its affiliated namesake county today, berthing in Dover for a four-day visit. The crew of the Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate will provide a Guard of Honour for the Channel Dash Memorial parade being held tomorrow.

Members of the public will also be invited on board.

Warship arrives into Portsmouth for last time

HMS York arriving into Portsmouth Credit: Sally Simmonds

The Royal Navy warship HMS York has made her final journey home to Portsmouth this afternoon.

The Type forty two destroyer has clocked up seven hundred and fifty thousand miles in her twenty seven year career. She will be decommissioned next week.

HMS York arrives for her retirement in Portsmouth Credit: Sally Simmonds


HMS York returns home for the last time

HMS York Credit: PA

The Royal Navy warship HMS York returns home to Portsmouth for the last time today.

Over her twenty seven year career the Type forty two destroyer has clocked up seven hundred and fifty thousand miles.

The Navy's ageing fleet of 42s is making way for the new-generation Type 45 destroyers which are among the most powerful warships in the world.

She's due to be decommissioned in the Hampshire city next week.

In keeping with Naval tradition the ship will fly a decommissioning pennant for her final return to Portsmouth.

She will fire a 17-gun salute as she approaches Southsea and the saluting gun at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, will fire in return.

Portsmouth's HMS Protector to head south

HMS Protector on patrol last year Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship, HMS Protector, will leave Portsmouth on Monday for an eight-month deployment surveying and patrolling Antarctica.

On her way south the 5,000-tonne ice-breaker will visit St Helena to conduct surveys of the harbour in preparation for the building of a new jetty.

HMS Protector will arrive in Antarctica for the austral summer and will conduct four periods in the ice.

The ship will also assist with the re-supply of British Antarctic Survey stations in the region.

Captain Peter Sparkes, Protector’s Commanding Officer, said: “Building upon the success - and the lessons identified - from HMS Protector’s inaugural deployment to Antarctica, the ship and her company are ready in all respects to face again the challenges of the southern ocean.

"HMS Protector exemplifies the Royal Navy’s global reach and the UK government’s commitment to British interests in the South Atlantic.”

Ark Royal will be recycled - MOD statement

HMS Ark Royal as she awaits her fate at Portsmouth Naval Base. Credit: PA

Plans to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy’s Invincible Class aircraft carriers have been outlined by the Ministry of Defence.

Invincible, Illustrious and Ark Royal came into service in the early 1980s and have spent the last thirty years protecting the UK’s interests across the world.

The last of the ships to be decommissioned, HMS Illustrious, is due to retire in 2014 and the MoD is seeking proposals from organisations interested in preserving her as a lasting tribute.

The 31 year old HMS Ark Royal was withdrawn from service last year, following the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The MoD can announce today that she will also be recycled as part of a £2.9 million deal with Leyal, the same company responsible for recycling Invincible in 2011.

Work will be carried out over the winter to enable her to travel from Portsmouth to Turkey, where she will be recycled.

Philip Dunne, of the MOD, said: “HMS Ark Royal, like her sister ships, served this country with great distinction. Retiring her five years earlier than planned was a difficult decision but it was the right one that, combined with her sale, has saved over £100 million."

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