Mechanic's "surprise" at honour

An engineer who spent hours in oily waters, to prevent a tug boat from sinking has received a Royal Commendation for bravery.

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HMS Diamond 'at forefront' of Syria operation

HMS Diamond holds a day-into-night Replenishment At Sea with the French Ship Var Credit: FS Var

The Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond has been helping out a French tanker as part of her Mediterranean deployment.

Since leaving her home base of Portsmouth, HMS Diamond has been at the forefront of operations.

The naval ship is currently supporting Op RECSYR, which stands for Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria.

HMS Diamond holds a day-into-night Replenishment At Sea with the French Ship Var Credit: Royal Navy

Petty Officer Scott Gratton, the Chief Bosun’s Mate who has responsibility for all seamanship evolutions, said: “Replenishing whilst underway is widely considered to be the most dangerous peace time evolution a warship will carry out.

"It would be akin to driving alongside a petrol tanker on the motorway refuelling your car for around three hours.”


Portsmouth Minister plans to "boost growth" in the city

Michael Fallon, Portsmouth Minister, will be in the city to launch a new plan which hopes to create new jobs Credit: PA

Minister for Portsmouth Michael Fallon will be launching a new plan in the city aimed at creating jobs and boosting growth.

The plan has been put together to help the marine and maritime industry in the Solent following BAE Systems' announcement it would stop ship-building in the city.

New Northern Road Bridge officially opened in Portsmouth

Transport links into Portsmouth have been boosted thanks to a new £12.6 million Northern Road Bridge which was officially opened by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer today.

The bridge on the A397 will help slash congestion into and out of the city and ensure the route can be freely used by buses.

It replaces the previous structure built in 1927, which had been restricted to one lane of traffic for safety reasons.

On her visit to the city the minister also officially opened the Tipner Park & Ride Interchange.

The new facility plays a vital role in kick starting regeneration as well reducing congestion, with 6 buses running between the park and ride and city centre every hour.

The total cost of the new bridge is £12.62 million with a Department for Transport contribution of £11.09 million.

I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the successful construction of the new Northern Bridge, which will boost access to Portsmouth as well as to the local shops, the hospital and police station at Cosham. We know the importance of strong transport links to local communities and businesses. That is why we have provided £11 million for this important scheme.”

– Transport Minister Baroness Kramer

D-Day: 70th anniversary commemorations revealed

by Richard Jones

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked with a Red Arrows display and gathering of veterans in Portsmouth in June.

Today it was announced that the city will play a key part in events to remember the sacrifices and bravery of the servicemen during the Second World War. Many thousands of the combatants embarked from ports along the south coast. Richard Jones has this report.

Portsmouth Royal Marine celebrates winning top music prize

There was a large audience which was not good for the nerves. The standard was extremely high so it really means a lot to have won the trophy. Hopefully this will help my long-term career as a musician in the Royal Marines Band Service and I am looking forward to performing at some prestigious venues in this country and overseas.”


Top prize for Royal Marines musician from Portsmouth

Sophie Perriam scoops the Cassel Prize - an annual contest at the Royal Marines School of Music Credit: Royal Navy

Royal Marines musician Sophie Perriam from Portsmouth has won top prize in a prestigious solo competition. The saxophonist impressed judges at the annual contest at the Royal Marines School of Music. Thirty musicians entered the competition.

5 pulled to safety from house fire

Five people have been pulled to safety from a house in Portsmouth where a fire broke out early this morning. Emergency crew were called to Ophir Road in the North End area just before 4:30am. The ground floor was severely affected.

At the height of the fire twenty five firefighters were needed. The blaze was brought under control just before 6am. The cause is now being investigated.

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