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USS Theodore Roosevelt drops anchor

She's a floating fortress and at more than a thousand feet long is the size of a small town. The USS Theodore Roosevelt has arrived on the south coast and so have her five thousand strong crew.

Weighing in at more than 100 thousand tonnes and with 65 aircraft on board the USS Roosevelt is among the world's most powerful warships. Portsmouth is her first port of call in its latest round-the-globe deployment.

Nicknamed "the big stick", she's TOO BIG to fit in the harbour entrance so is at Stokes Bay. Portsmouth's bars and clubs are now ready for visits from the male and female crew. Richard Jones has been on board.

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Hundreds gather to welcome giant aircraft carrier ship

Hundreds of people have lined the coast to view a giant US aircraft carrier arriving for a five-day visit.

The 100,000-tonne ship USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire, as it is too big to sail into Portsmouth Harbour. The promenade was packed with visitors wanting to get a glance of the 1,092ft-long carrier which is affectionately known as the Big Stick.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US

The ship, which is making its first port of call in its round-the-world deployment, is substantially larger than the Royal Navy's next generation of carriers which weigh in at 65,000 tonnes.

More than 5,000 sailors are set to swamp Portsmouth during the visit, giving a boost to local businesses.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US on carrier operations until the first of the new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service in 2017.

Senior officers will call on Royal Navy top brass during the visit to discuss recent global operations and get an update on the UK's carrier programme.

"We warmly welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group - a reflection of the close partnership between our nations and navies, and the value of credible seapower in support of our shared national interests. "Across the spectrum - from Type 45 destroyers providing area air defence for US carriers launching air strikes against ISIL, to generous US support as we regenerate our own carrier strike capability - our common bond has never been richer."

– Admiral Sir George Zambellas, The Royal Navy's First Sea Lord

Appeal to help find vulnerable missing man

Paul Knipe was last seen leaving his home in Portsmouth on Friday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are making an urgent appeal for information about the whereabouts of a vulnerable man from Portsmouth.

Paul Knipe, aged 59, was last seen leaving his home address in the Station Road area of the city earlier this afternoon (Friday, March 20, 2015).

Mr Knipe is described as white, 6 ft tall approximately, with short dark brown hair.

He was last seen wearing:

  • A brown jumper
  • Purple trousers
  • Brown shoes
  • Carrying a bag containing clothing and a sleeping bag

Mr Knipe, witnesses to his whereabouts, or anyone with information are asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, please phone 999.

Royal Navy unveils first new uniform in 70 years

The Royal Navy has unveiled its first new uniform since World War II, on board HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth.

The uniform has been brought into the 21st century, with fire proof material and a more comfortable design that resembles the one worn by the Army and the Royal Marines.

The crew head out to the South Atlantic on Saturday on a nine-month deployment. Imogen Hill went to see their new look:

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Portsmouth selected for new technical college

A new university technical college, which will cater for 14-19 year olds, has been approved by the government today.

More than 600 school places will be created in Portsmouth, as part of a £67 million cash boost nationwide to support the next generation of engineers.

The college will work together with the Royal Navy to train up future generations to become engineers and manufacturers and help the local economy's growth.

Portsmouth is set to benefit from today's announcement surrounding a new technical college in the city Credit: ITV

The new university technical college is set to put local employers in the driving seat – allowing them to develop technical learning plans that will ensure young people have the skills to meet the needs of these growing industries.

The plans announced today will raise standards in maths and physics further to ensure more children leave school with these valuable skills and can go on to compete for the top jobs and succeed in life.

We want to attract more high quality candidates to teach maths and physics and further raise the status of teaching as a rewarding career. By offering more flexible routes, we will open up the teaching profession to talented career changers who can bring a wealth of experience and transferrable skills to the classroom."

– Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary

Concerns for missing man

Police are concerned for 59-year-old Mark Lucas Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are urgently trying to locate a man missing from the Portsmouth area.

Mark Lucas is 59-years-old and missing from the Portsmouth area. He was reported missing at around 6.40pm today and officers are really worried about him.

Mark is described as:

5 ft 10ins tall

Slim build

Last ween wearing dark trousers and a dark coloured jumper.

A photograph is being circulated with this appeal, but please note he has lost a considerable amount of weight since this photograph was taken so looks thinner in the face.

He is believed to be on foot, and could be anywhere. We know that he hails from Gosport and has family in Lee-on-Solent, and he could be in any of these areas.

"Together with Mr Lucas's family, we are very concerned for him. He is a vulnerable individual who may put himself in dangerous situations. If anyone has any information concerning his whereabouts or movements please call police immediately."

– Inspector Adam Edwards
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