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Marine kit thief: Service discharge 'would be considered'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

The Royal Navy says it places "great importance on maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour from its personnel at all times" after a Royal Marine was jailed for stealing military kit and selling it online.

Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Warrant Officer Michael Bath took clothing, boots and badges from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Michael Bath. Pic: Nick Irving
Nick Irving

Bath, 49, of Horton Path, Blyth in Northumberland, was jailed for 15 months after admitting stealing and possessing criminal property after he sold £66,000 of clothing and badges between 2012 and 2016.

The items, sold on eBay to fund his gambling and drinking, included "poignant" green beret badges.

The navy did not confirm if he had been discharged from the service or would be, but said that "where a custodial sentence is awarded, discharge from the service would be considered".

New patrol ship welcomed by Royal Navy

HMS Forth
LPhot Pepe Hogan

The first of the Royal Navy's new offshore patrol ships has been officially commissioned into the fleet at a ceremony in Portsmouth.

HMS Forth, which has cost £116m, will perform tasks including protecting fisheries and patrolling overseas.

The ship built by BAE Systems is one of five new offshore patrol vessels being built to replace four older River Class ships.

Albion joins sanctions forces off Korea

The Barrow-built warship, HMS Albion, is being sent to help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea.

HMS Albion
Royal Navy

Albion, launched at the shipyard in 2001, will join HMS Sutherland to monitor prohibited sea trading, which the British Government believes provides a major source of funding for North Korea's illegal nuclear programme.

HMS Argyll is also being deployed, and should arrive in the Asia-Pacific later this year.

Call for new naval ship to carry the name HMS Sheffield

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield is pressing for a new Royal Navy ship to be named after the city, the fourth such ship to carry the name.

The second HMS Sheffield on fire after a missile strike during the Falklands War

The first HMS Sheffield saw service in World War II and was one of the Royal Navy pursuit ships that tracked down the German battleship Bismarck.

The second HMS Sheffield (pictured) was badly damaged in a missile strike by the Argentinian air forces during the Falklands conflict in 1982 and sank in heavy seas while being towed towards South Georgia.

The third HMS Sheffield was sold to the Chilean Navy in 2003 and renamed Almirante Williams.

The third HMS Sheffield moored near Tower Bridge in 2002

The Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Frigates are being named after UK cities, with HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast and HMS Cardiff already named.

Mr Blomfield said: “It’s time for our city to be recognised with a new HMS Sheffield.

"I’m pleased to add my support to a campaign that has got backing from across the city.”