Royal Navy

Devon war hero honoured in new book

The role of an Exeter-born Royal Navy Lieutenant in helping to protect the fragile independence of Estonia and Latvia at the end of WW1 is one of the personal stories featured in a new book that’s published next month.

Battle in the Baltic , by author and naval historian Steve Dunn, turns the spotlight on the almost forgotten story of the navy’s 13-month brutal conflict in the Baltic...

Film: Remembrance (1982)

Dir: Colin Gregg Running time: 117 mins Cert: PG

In the first screening of this film based on Plymouth’s notorious Union Street since the 1980s, Remembrance tells the tale of a group of Devonport-based Royal Navy personnel who go out on the town before they are due to set sail to America.

Featuring the distinctive Brian Eno soundtrack and significant, early performances from British actors Gary Oldman, Timothy Spall and John Altman who have gone on to establish significant careers, the film also features Plymouth residents who will reunite for the first time on this night...

Piping around the world for Navy’s charity

A piper from Poole has played a unique gig at Antarctica and is on track to complete her charity challenge, travelling 50,000 miles in 50 days across 7 continents, hoping to raise £50,000 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Julia's House.

Irene Robinson (57), who works as a forensic nurse practitioner, started her challenge on January 10th with a performance onboard HMS...

PEG comes home to Living Coasts

The gorilla with wanderlust is back on home soil - for a time. PEG - Polar Explorer Gorilla - left Living Coasts in Torquay with HMS PROTECTOR, the Royal Navy's Ice Patrol Vessel, for her last deployment in October 2013.

She has since travelled to a range of South, North and Central American countries, along with the Caribbean, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, South Georgia...

Royal Naval Band festival line-up confirmed

The full line up has now been confirmed for the Royal Navy’s annual Royal Naval Volunteer Band Festival which takes place on Plymouth Hoe this month.

Bands will perform on Sunday 28 June and compete for the Commander in Chief’s Challenge Trophy and the honour of being crowned “Best Overall Volunteer Band in the Royal Navy” among other awards, the event brings together 400 volunteer...

Royal Navy landing craft collides with Cremyll Ferry

A Royal Navy landing craft from HMS Raleigh collided with the Cremyll Ferry this morning.

The crash happened at around 10am near Mayflower Marina.

A spokesman for the Navy said there are no reported injuries.

The ferry has been taken out of service and the landing craft is returning to Devonport Naval Base.

The Cremyll Ferry operates from Cremyll in Cornwall...

Plymouth welcomes home 'band of brothers' as HMS Argyll returns to Devonport

Hundreds waved flags and displayed banners at Devonport Dockyard today as Plymouth's Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll arrive back home after seven months at sea.

The deployment saw the ship travel 35,000 nautical miles, visiting 16 countries across eight time zones and included operations in the seas around Africa, the Falklands, the Eastern Pacific and the Caribbean.

Her Majesty’...

Risks, tragedy and ultimate success outlined in new book about allied war effort

The appalling tactical risks taken during a series of brutal battles which played a crucial role in the allied war effort are laid bare in a new book.

Between Hostile Shores: Mediterranean Convoy Battles 1941–1942 – published by the University of Plymouth Press – features details of the difficult decisions, taken out of strategic necessity, to ensure Malta was defended against the...

Prince Harry opens Royal Navy's new centre in Devonport

HRH Prince Harry was in Plymouth today (Friday 2 August) to open a new £30m amphibious centre in Plymouth's Devonport Naval Base.

Royal Marines Tamar, the centre of operational and training units for small craft crews of landing craft, hovercraft and fast boats at HM Naval Base, Devonport, was launched on Friday 2 August accompanied by HM Band Royal Marines.

The royal guest, in...

Children learn vital lifesaving and safety skills

Thousands of 10 and 11 year-olds from across Plymouth are learning vital skills that will help them stay safe and potentially save lives.

The Junior Life Skills event, organised by the Council’s Education, Learning and Family Support team and hosted by the Royal Navy at its Sports and Recreation Ground in Bull Point, promotes personal and community safety through practical and...