Nelson's famous flagship is to receive a multi-million pound windfall after it was announced it will be handed over to a new charity.
The future of the world's most iconic ship has been secured by a £50m grant. HMS Victory has been handed over to a charity by the MoD.
Care of Nelson's Flagship HMS Victory is to be given to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.
Firefighters from across Hampshire will take part in a special training exercise on board Britain's oldest warship 'HMS Victory' today. Crews will practice search and rescues on the ship, which is currently a tourist attraction at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Firefighters from Southsea, Cosham and Waterlooville will test procedures and emergency planning onboard Britain’s oldest war ship, HMS Victory, tomorrow.
The Hampshire crews will mobilise on the museum ship, which attracts around 350,000 visitors per year, as if a real fire was taking place.
The drill will study the best firefighting tactics to protect the historic vessel, as well as search and rescue and test protocols.
Dave Smith, group manager, said: "The Victory is a Portsmouth icon so we need to ensure the ship is protected and that local crew are familiar with its layout, and given the opportunity to asses procedures and test emergency planning in the event of an incident on-board the ship."
HMS Victory will be formally dedicated as the flagship of the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope in a special ceremony in Portsmouth later.
The ship is being granted the honour following a reorganisation of the top tiers of the Royal Navy.
The future of HMS Victory looks to be secure after it received a grant of £50 million pounds. The money will ensure Lord Nelson's flagship will remain the centrepiece of the nation's maritime heritage. The MoD has handed over responsibility for the vessel to a charitable trust.
The future of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory looks secure after receiving a 50 million pounds grant. The MoD has handed over responsibility for the World's most iconic vessel to a charitable trust. It will ensure HMS Victory remains the centrepiece of the nation's maritime heritage.
The Ministry of Defence has decided to transfer the custodianship of HMS Victory with the promise of a multimillion pound funding boost.
The HMS Victory Preservation Trust will be now be responsible for maintaining Nelson's flagship.