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.
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.
– Lt Dan Herridge, Officer-in-Command of the Royal Navy unit
"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."