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A ship which will travel to the Baltic to help with the task of clearing mines left during the second world war has been fitted with broadband.

HMS Brocklesby will join ships from Germany, Belgium, Latvia and Holland in the operation to remove the explosives, reports Portsmouth's the News.

The vessel is one of the few navy ships to have been upgraded to super-fast broadband and sailors could have the luxury of communicating with loved ones over a high-speed connection in their spare time.

Commanding officer lieutenant commander Tom Tredray told the newspaper that his crew would enjoy the trip on their newly-connected ship: "It will be busy but varied - it is always interesting working with ships from foreign navies.

"We also have a number of goodwill port visits lined up in France, Italy, Spain and Germany."

Most navy ships are connected through satellite broadband - 200 US ships were fitted with the technology last year.

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