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Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were later used - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.
Bomb-making materials were found in barrels and buckets buried in the ground as well as an adapted PSNI pass card, a PSNI uniform and a police stab-proof vest.
The 31-year-old is originally from Larne in Co Antrim and was with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset at the time of the offences.
He pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August last year, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said Maxwell used his military know-how to accumulate and construct his devices, and described the infiltration of the military by a republican terrorist as "very unusual" and "certainly the first case of its kind in recent years".
Sentencing, Mr Justice Sweeney said: "I'm sure that you were and will remain motivated by dissident republican sympathies and a hostility to the UK."