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The Goverment contractors Serco and Capita are among businesses being wooed to salvage the Ministry of Defence's much-criticised reforms of the agency that buys military kit.

50 tons of silver lost during war salvaged

Nearly 50 tons of silver lost during the Second World War when a British merchant vessel sank three miles below the Atlantic has been brought back to the surface, it was announced yesterday.

Barrow in Furness, the town that went from boom to bust

Dangling into the Irish Sea from the tip of the Furness Peninsula, it was the arrival of the railways that transformed Barrow into one of the world's industrial powerhouses. Huge steelworks and thriving shipbuilding yards turned the Cumbrian seaport from a sleepy collection of farmsteads into a Victorian boom town.

Rolls-Royce in £1bn subs deal

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth more than £1bn with the Government to make reactor cores for the UK's next generation of nuclear-powered submarines.

Government set to announce £1bn contract for reactors to power next generation of nuclear submarines

The Government will tomorrow make the long expected formal announcement of the £1 billion contract for reactors to power the next generation of Britain's nuclear submarines.

Iran 'designing nuclear submarine', claims news agency

Iran has begun to design its first nuclear submarine, a semi-official news agency in the country has reported.

Government awards contracts worth £350m for new Trident submarines

The Government today awarded contracts worth £350 million to UK companies to design the next generation of nuclear submarines.

Russian defense plant worker convicted over passing on missile secrets

A court says it has convicted a Russian defense company worker of passing missile secrets to foreign intelligence.

Officer on grounded submarine lacked charts

The commanding officer of a Royal Navy submarine that ran aground off the Isle of Skye failed to "appreciate the proximity of danger", lacked charts and was uncomfortable navigating in the dark, according to the findings of an official inquiry.

MoD set to overhaul Trident subs

Senior defence mandarin seeks private-sector help to cut costs of warhead-carrying vessels
A scene from 'Barmy Britain', the 'Horrible Histories' spin-off that has become a long-running West End show

Scots get a really Horrible History of the English

Latest play in series, written for Edinburgh, is tailored to win applause north of the border

Submerged vessel 'may be war grave'

A suspected submerged submarine has been discovered in Northern Ireland, the Government has said.

Nick Clegg denies Argentina sub claims

Britain has denied sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic amid rising tensions with Argentina over the Falklands.

£350 million contract to upgrade sub confirmed

A £350 million contract to upgrade one of the Royal Navy's nuclear missile submarines, safeguarding up to 2,000 jobs over the next three years, will be announced by the Defence Secretary during a visit to Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.

James Cameron (L) has a final conversation with ocean explorer and U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh (R) just before the hatch on the Deepsea Challenger submersible is closed

Hollywood director James Cameron's sub reaches deepest point of the ocean

Hollywood director James Cameron has completed his journey to the deepest point of the ocean.

Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring looks on as Madoc's U-boat captain takes down Pike's name in 'Dad's Army'

Philip Madoc: Actor forever remembered as the U-boat captain in 'Dad's Army'

When the actor Philip Madoc was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glamorgan in 2001 he told the congregation that, in his time, he had played many distinguished parts – Lloyd George, Hitler, Trotsky, Othello, Dr Faustus, the Master of the Universe – but that he considered the honour now conferred upon him to be the greatest of all. The rapt attention with which his acceptance speech was heard was a mark not only of his stage presence but of the man's wit, modesty and natural charm. After the ceremony, he was mobbed by the graduates, their parents and teaching staff alike.

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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