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Patrol boats put on a show in the Solent for first time in more than a decade
26 April 2017

For the first time in at least a decade all 14 P2000s of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron took to the water in unison.

The newly-upgraded fast patrol craft performed two days of combined manoeuvres in the Solent for the annual squadron exercise.

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Daring safely escorts 800,000 tonnes of shipping through ‘missile alley’
21 April 2017

HMS Daring has safely escorted more than 800,000 tonnes of shipping safely through ‘missile alley’ in the Red Sea.

The destroyer ran the gauntlet of the Bab al Mandeb Strait, where at least two ships have been hit by missiles fired from land, 20 times.

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Just Grampian – work starts on new patrol ship HMS Spey
21 April 2017

Work today began on the fifth and final of the second-generation River-class patrol ships with the first steel cut for HMS Spey.

Tony Douglas, the head of Defence Equipment and Support – the arm of the MOD responsible for procuring new military equipment and looking after it once in service – pressed the button on the laser cutter at BAE’s Govan yard in Glasgow.

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Would-be wizards hone Merlin skills on RFA Argus off Scotland
20 April 2017

Trainee pilots, observers and aircrewmen hoping to fly the Merlin Mk2 on the front line swapped the simulator for the real thing for some intensive training off Scotland.

They joined aviation training/medical support ship RFA Argus for the experience of operating the £40m helicopter at sea in the middle of the UK’s biggest war games, Joint Warrior.

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