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New Devonport base commander Graeme Little arrives in Plymouth

Commodore Stephen Dearden and Commodore Graeme Little. Pic: Royal Navy
Image caption Cmdr Dearden (l) hands over command of Devonport to Cmdr Graeme Little

A new commanding officer has arrived in Plymouth to take up his post at Devonport Naval Base.

Commodore Graeme Little has taken over as commander of the 650-acre site, the largest naval base in western Europe.

He joined Devonport following a course at the Royal College of Defence Studies where he was promoted to Commodore, the Royal Navy said.

Cmdr Little, who joined the Royal Navy in 1984, takes over the post from Cmdr Stephen Dearden.

Cmdr Little's appointment sees him return to the city after he served on the city-based frigate HMS Sutherland during its first deployment in 1997.

He said returning to the city had been a "long held ambition" and it was the "utmost privilege to be doing so in command of the naval base".

Cmdr Dearden, who had been in charge of the base since 2010, was leaving the navy after 34 years of service, a navy spokesman said.

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