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A Royal Navy submariner who betrayed his country and colleagues by trying to pass secrets to men he believed were Russian spies has been jailed for eight years.

Nuclear submariner jailed for eight years for trying to pass on naval secrets to men he believed were Russian spies

Edward Devenney was told he had betrayed his country and his colleagues

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

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Diary: There's a hole in our budget, dear Philip, dear Philip...

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Police at Southampton dock, where a submariner was shot on board HMS Astute, the Royal Navy's newest nuclear submarine, which was on a goodwill visit

Flooding worries for Royal Navy's new multi-billion pound submarine HMS Astute

The Royal Navy's new multi billion pound hunter-killer submarine HMS Astute encountered a flooding problem during sea trials, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Last night's viewing - Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature, BBC1; Nick Nickleby, BBC1

"I'm scared. On an Olympic scale." Presenters tend to say this kind of thing a lot, of course, it rarely being a sin to amplify your emotions on screen. But it sounded pretty authentic when it occurred in Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature, a popular-science series that explores the interaction of biological and human design.

Now US Navy is arming drone boats

While the US Air Force's drones have been firing all sorts of air-to-surface missiles and bombs for roughly a decade now, the Navy took a big step toward getting in on the action last week when it launched six Israeli-made Spike missiles from an unmanned 36-foot motorboat.

Extra cash for designing Trident's replacement

The Government has awarded an additional £315m for the designing of the next generation of nuclear submarines, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will announce today.

Sailor held over cabin gun incident on warship

A Royal Navy sailor has been arrested after entering an officer's cabin on board a warship with a loaded weapon, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Cold Sea Stories, Paweł Huelle, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones

These short stories are dizzying, beautiful – and occasionally verge on the ridiculous

Book of a lifetime: The Once and Future King, By TH White

I have loved so many books in my life that it always surprises me how easily the answer comes when people ask me about my favourite book. There is no doubt in my mind, although the question summons many beloved titles. It is 'The Once and Future King' by TH White: the book I would take to the island; the book I want by the side of my deathbed; the book I wish I had written.

EADS ‘will ditch’ BAE deal over government demands

Aerospace giant is ready to walk away from merger if France and Germany don’t give ground

Our nuclear weapons are neither needed nor deployed. Does Ed Miliband have the courage to scrap them?

There would be no better way for the Labour leader to make a break with the past than a renouncing of Trident. He knows we simply do not need it

DVD/Blu-ray: The Land That Time Forgot (PG)

Men of a certain age (my age) hold this Amicus-produced sci-fi caper from 1975 with affection and as cheap-looking and silly as it undoubtedly is, its still has its pleasures.

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