Royal Navy sailors join flood relief operation

Reserve soldiers of 7 Battalion The Rifles work hard to dam a breach in the Kennet Canal that threatened an electrical sub-station near Burghfield, south of Reading. The military were called in at the behest of the local authorities to provide flood relief assistance. Picture: Cpl Richard Cave
Reserve soldiers of 7 Battalion The Rifles work hard to dam a breach in the Kennet Canal that threatened an electrical sub-station near Burghfield, south of Reading. The military were called in at the behest of the local authorities to provide flood relief assistance. Picture: Cpl Richard Cave
HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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Hundreds of Royal Navy sailors from Gosport and Fareham have been drafted to help the battle against floods.

Around 100 members of the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood will join 100 Air and Marine Engineers from HMS Sultan in Gosport as part of the flood relief effort in Berkshire.

Of those 200 sailors, 100 have now moved forward to Datchet to help build a 600m wall to protect residential properties there.

The rest are taking part in a sandbag filling operation at the Chieveley Highways Depot in West Berkshire.

They currently have around 5,000 sandbags to fill, which they are doing at a rate of 1,000 an hour.

Another 15,000 are expected.