Half a dozen tugs carefully moved assault ship HMS Albion from the inner basins at Devonport to Weston Lake – raising the curtain on the final stages of her regeneration.
After two years of extensive work inside and out to breathe new life into the ship – put into extended readiness following the 2010 Defence Review – the Lion is nearly ready for sea trials.
HMS Westminster’s long road back from refit to premier sub hunting took a big leap forward when she flashed up two key pieces of equipment.
The frigate – just out of a two-year revamp in her native Portsmouth – uncoiled her mile-long towed array (used to listen for submarines) and fired her on-board torpedo defence system.
Merlins from 814 NAS broke off from submarine-hunting duties in Sicily to take a unique look at Mount Etna as the volcano was in full flow.
Crews used their infra-red cameras to zoom in on the violent activity on the mountain as they returned to their temporary base near the city of Catania.
Around £40m of drugs will never fund terrorist groups after being seized in a day-long Anglo-American naval operation.
Support ship RFA Fort Victoria located the suspect dhow as she patrolled the Arabian Sea, prompting a night/day chase by Sea King helicopters and a US destroyer over hundreds of miles of ocean.