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SWINE flu has crippled a Royal Navy ship that patrols waters off the Falkland Islands.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 14:38 UTC
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At least eight members of HMS Clyde's 38-strong crew have been struck down by the bug.

The 1,850-tonne vessel had been due to start a training exercise off the South Atlantic islands.

But it was shelved while the men recover.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said all the flu victims “have responded to treatment”.

The outbreak comes after Bombardier Lee Porter, a TA reservist with the Royal Artillery, became the first member of the armed forces to die from the virus.

Swine flu has also hit four British military camps, including the world-renowned Sandhurst officers' training academy in Berkshire. (The Sun)

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