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10 fire engines tackle fire at Portsmouth dockyard

One of two aerial platforms tackling the flames last night Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue

10 fire engines and two aerial ladders were used to tackle a fire at Portsmouth dockyard late last night. The fire was in the roof and the first floor of a two-storey building.

Crews managed to bring the flames under control Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue


Firefighters tackle blaze at Portsmouth Naval dockyard

A fire broke out at the Portsmouth Naval dockyard last night.

The blaze broke out hours after HMS Illustrious returned from an aid mission in the Philippines.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said ten fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were needed to tackle the blaze, which broke out shortly before 10pm.

The fire was in a two-story building at the site. The cause is being investigated and nobody was injured.

Crews managed to put the fire out by 1am.

Last of three ships handed to Brazilian Navy

Three BAE Systems Vessels have been handed over to the Brazilian Navy after a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday.

Guests from the Brazilian Navy and UK Royal Navy watched as the ships's company raised the ensign for the first time - marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy's newest vessel.

Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships business, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver ARAGUARI. She is a highly capable ship. and with her sister ships. will be a great asset to the Brazilian Navy."

ARAGUARI is the final vessel to be handed over to the Brazilian Navy, with the first, AMAZONAS, completed in June 2012 and the second, APA, in November 2012.

The three AMAZONAS class units make up an important contribution to both our ability to provide security, safety and protection to the Brazil’s Jurisdictional Waters and to deliver our commitments to the Brazilian Maritime Authority.

ARAGUARI, the third and last vessel, together with her sisters are no doubt a very important asset to the Brazilian Navy’s inventory and is a clear indication of a very good relationship that has been developed between the Brazilian Navy and BAE Systems.”

– Francisco Deiana, Brazilian Navy's Director of Naval Engineering


HMS Edinburgh's final day of service

HMS Edinburgh will take part in a decommissioning ceremony in Portsmouth Credit: PA Wire

HMS Edinburgh will finally bow out of service today after 40years working across the globe.

The ship will take part in a decommissioning ceremony atPortsmouth Naval Base where the White Ensign flag will be lowered for the last time.

The ceremony is to be attended by hundreds of guests and HMS Edinburgh’s sponsor, Lady Heseltine, who launched the ship in 1983.

All 270 of the ship’s company will be on parade as the RAF Typhoon, Sea Fury and RN Historic Flight will perform a flypast.

HMS Edinburgh is the last of the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 42 destroyers as they have been phased out for the successor Type 45 warships.