Albion returns to open water after her six-year slumber
22 March 2017

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.

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A whoosh from Westminster as she tests her submarine-hunting kit
21 March 2017

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.

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Lava’s in the air – Merlins keep an eye on Mount Etna’s fury
17 March 2017

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.

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Culdrose fliers and RFA Fort Victoria help snare £40m heroin haul after day-long pursuit
17 March 2017


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.

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