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More pictures of V2 recovery operation at Harwich

Divers from the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team preparing to lift a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Photo: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

Royal Navy and Army bomb disposal experts have successfully removed the remnants of a V2 rocket which was submerged just off the Essex coast at Harwich. The Ministry of Defence has released pictures of the operation

A 4-feet-long section of the German Second World War missile was pulled from mudflats at low tide on the River Stour between Harwich and Felixstowe on Saturday.

Click here to see a video report of the operation

The operation to remove part of a German V2 rocket from the seabed just off Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence
Divers from the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team preparing to lift a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

The six-man Navy team from Portsmouth worked with the Army's101 Engineer Regiment bomb disposal team to lift the section of weapon from the mud onto a barge. They had first excavated around the lowest part of the V2 to discover that the warhead section was not there - meaning there was no safety risk to the local population.

The venturi section of the rocket, named after a scientific reaction that happens when fluid passes through a narrow pipe, could now be donated to the Harwich Sailing Club who have passed it in the mud for decades.

The remnants of a V2 rocket lifted from the seabed off Harwich, Essex could now be displayed at the local sailing club. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence
A Royal Navy divers works to recover a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

"This was a successful result to the operation and means people using the waterways and living locally can have confidence that this was not a dangerous piece of ordnance. We are grateful for the support of our colleagues from 101 Engineer Regiment for helping remove this section of the rocket."

– Lt Dan Herridge, Officer-in-Command of the Royal Navy unit
Lt Dan Herridge led the joint Royal Navy and Army operation to lift a V2 rocket from the seabed off Harwich, Essex Credit: Hannah Pettifer/ITV Anglia

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