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HMS Illustrious to be decommissioned

HMS Illustrious is being replaced by HMS Ocean Credit: ITV Meridian

Hundreds of people are expected in Portsmouth today to watch the official decomission ceremony for the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. It's been in active service for 32 years and is the oldest ship in the Royal Navy's active fleet. Illustrious is being replaced by HMS Ocean which has just undergone a sixty five million pound refit.

The end of an era for shipbuilding in Portsmouth

Centuries of shipbuilding came to an end in Portsmouth today. A section of the last aircraft carrier to be built there was moved out of the dockyards, to begin its journey north to Scotland for completion.

BAE Systems, announced in November last year that it was moving its operations to Glasgow resulting in the loss of more than 900 jobs.

In June, it was announced 100 roles would be saved with the MoD awarding BAE a £70 million pound contract to maintain the Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyers.

Bids to take over Portsmouth shipyard are currently being submitted to the Ministry of Defence.

Richard Slee was in Portsmouth today to witness the end of an era. Here is his report.


Shipbuilders mark an 'immensely proud moment'

Staff at BAE in Portsmouth have transferred part of the aircraft carrier onto a barge Credit: ITV Meridian

A milestone has arrived today - as the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth draws closer.

A large section of the aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales, is being moved onto a large barge ready for its departure for Scotland next week. More than nine hundred workers have lost their jobs, but BAE says most of them are being re-deployed.

Paul Bowsher from BAE Systems, said it was an honour to be involved in the building of the nation's aircraft carriers.

Section of aircraft carrier prepares to leave Portsmouth

HMS Prince of Wales under construction Credit: ITV Meridian

A milestone will be reached in Portsmouth today as a large section of the aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is loaded out of the dock ready for its departure for Scotland tomorrow. It also heralds the start of the end of shipbuilding in the city. BAE is stopping its operations in Portsmouth affecting more than nine hundred workers.

MOD Police recruits complete firearms course

A dozen newly qualified MOD Police officers have completedthe first-ever Initial Firearms Officer Course to be held at the base.

During the six-week course the students carried out real-lifescenarios in the base and at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport.

The first two weeks saw them learn how to handle the MP7 orSA80 weapons, plus tasers. The remaining weeks consisted of tactical training,interceptions, vehicle drills and dealing with armed threats.

Recruits taking part in firearms training Credit: Royal Navy

"The course has been really good. After thefirst two weeks everyone qualified on either the MP7 or SA80 plus the taser. Weinclude real-life scenario assessments and, as in real life, it changes duringthe exercise. It has worked really well.”

– Sergeant Mick Flynn who taught the course
Recruits taking part in firearms training Credit: Royal Navy

"The course is very intensive and is both mentally and physically demanding and has many challenging aspects that require the ability to react in a professional and legal manner to ensure a positive outcome.”

– HMNB Portsmouth Inspector Michelle Mahony
Recruits taking part in firearms training Credit: Royal Navy

Young Muslim from Portsmouth killed in Syria

A young British Muslim from Portsmouth has been killed while fighting in Syria.

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman was reportedly shot after being recruited by the terror group ISIS. The 25-year-old left the UK last October - telling his family he was going to deliver aid to Syria.

ITV News spoke to community member Muhammed Badiuz Zamman.


Portsmouth hotwalls transformed with artist studios

Seafront arches in Old Portsmouth have been given £1.75million to transform the historic Hotwalls into creative studios called the 'ARTches'.

The money injection is part of the government's Coastal Communities Fund.

The round tower in Portsmouth will be used for exhibitions Credit: Portsmouth team local

Within the arches, there are plans to built 13 artist studios with the possibility of a brasserie.

23 jobs will also be created directly thanks to this project, with 82 being indirectly created.

Amidst the construction, there is plans to set up an apprenticeship scheme through the ARTches project.

The council have expressed their interest in developing an apprenticeship scheme through the ARTches project Credit: Portsmouth team local

“It is incredible news for the city that we can make a cultural hub in Old Portsmouth a reality.

“The funding is not only boost for our creative industries, but also secures the future for the local historic monuments which will be converted. They are vulnerable to damage and need ongoing investment.

“We are delighted this project has had so much support from residents, creative organisations and English Heritage. It was also the most popular suggestion in the seafront masterplan."

– Councillor Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture

Tombstoners risk lives jumping into shallow water

The RNLI has released a video of two tombstoners who have risked their lives by jumping into jagged rocks in Portsmouth.

A member of the public caught people jumping from battlements at Old Portsmouth - a notorious place for tombstoning.

They were seen jumping 35ft into shallow water and jagged rocks across the seabed - a dangerous landing from a great height.

The video is part of RNLI's drowning awareness campaign, called Respect the Water, where the charity will be helping people to stay safe this summer.

Back in 2008, a man was paralysed and confined to a wheelchair when he jumped into the water from Southsea Pier in a tombstoning incident.

One person is seen jumping from a great height into the shallow depths Credit: RNLI

Tombstoning anywhere is incredibly dangerous but this footage is some of the most dangerous I’ve ever seen. These people are jumping from about 35ft into shallow water which hides jagged rocks on the sea bed. They are risking their lives, there is no doubt about it."

– ogan Wheeldon, RNLI lifeguard supervisor
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