The Royal Navy have to combat rough seas, a high-speed ferry pilot battles traffic in the Solent, a sickly seal is washed up on a Cornish beach and £700,000 worth of cargo must be handled with care. After six months in the Gulf, HMS Somerset is back in home waters. But as harsh winter weather closes in on the Channel, it is going to take all of the crew's skill and experience to get her Merlin helicopter safely on deck. In the Solent, the challenge for Chief Officer Alice Platten is to keep the high-speed Red Jet 5 catamaran running to a strict timetable. Loadmaster Shane Brearley's task is to lift a luxury yacht from the water and load it for the next leg of its journey without a scratch. Winter sees grey and common seals migrate to the Channel's shores to have their pups.
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