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Unexploded bomb found at Portsmouth Harbour

An unexploded wartime bomb has been found at Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire. It is believed the device dates back to World War Two. It was discovered yesterday afternoon, a few hundred metres away from the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the home of the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy made arrangements to tow the device out to open water and detonate it in a controlled explosion this morning. In the meantime ferry and rail services in the area were disrupted for reasons of public safety.

A spokesperson from Wightlink ferries said the firm's scheduled sailings between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight had been affected.

"The discovery of an unexploded bomb in Portsmouth Harbour overnight delayed some of Wightlink Ferries' early sailings this morning.

"The port was closed to all vessels at 05:00 as the Royal Navy prepared to tow the device out of harbour to carry out a controlled explosion in a safe area.

"The 06:00 car ferry sailing from Portsmouth Gunwharf and 07:00 from Fishbourne were cancelled along with the 06:15 catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour and 06:47 from Ryde Pier Head."

– Spokesperson, Wightlink

The port reopened at 6.30am, and services have started again, but passengers are warned that there may be delays.


Portsmouth-based HMS Daring set sail to join fight against terrorism

The crew of HMS Daring set sail for the Middle East today to help in the fight against terrorism. Crowds gathered in Portsmouth to wave goodbye, as the crew will be away from loved ones for nine months.

On a previous mission to the Gulf the destroyer suffered a mechanical fault and had to have emergency repairs to her engine. Today her captain said he was confident she'd be able to operate without any problems. Richard Jones reports.


Large crowds attend HMS Sultan Summer Show

The HMS Sultan Summer Show attracted large crowds Credit: ITV
Monster trucks thrill the crowds at the HMS Sultan Summer Show Credit: Fleet Photographic Unit

The HMS Sultan Summer Show 2016 signed off in style as thousands of visitors attended the event for a Father’s Day to remember.

The show ran across the weekend and was crammed full of a huge variety of interactive displays and activities.

In the Main Show Arena, the crowds were wowed by gigantic roaring Monster Trucks and amazing stunts from renowned motor cycle display teams Bolddog Lings.

HMS Sultan’s Ceremonial Guard marked the Establishment’s 60th anniversary with a special marching display.

Special report: Royal Navy's biggest ship almost ready to set sail

The aircraft carrier - HMS Queen Elizabeth - the biggest ship ever built for the Royal Navy is nearing completion.

In less than a year she will sail into her new home of Portsmouth, from her current location in Scotland.

HMS Queen Elizabeth already has a crew of more than 500. In the first of two special reports, our reporter Richard Jones looks at how the project is going.

Royal Navy 21-gun salute to mark The Queen's birthday

Crowds watching a gun salute in Hampshire

The Royal Navy will mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport today.

The event is one of many taking place at military establishments across the country. At Portsmouth's Naval base, Royal Navy ships will celebrate with flags displayed along their sides.

"The Royal Navy in Portsmouth always celebrates the Queen's birthday in this way, but this year is obviously extra special as it marks such a significant milestone for Her Majesty."

– Commander David Hilton, Naval Base services manager
The 19th century gun which fires salutes at Fort Blockhouse was acquired by the Navy in 1957

Dick has helped thousands of sailors to adapt to civilian life

Dick has clocked up more than 51 years of service Credit: Royal Navy

A dedicated ex-Royal Navy Officer and civil servant, who has spent the last 16 years helping thousands of naval personnel make the transition from service to civilian life, has retired having clocked up more than 51 years of loyal service to the Ministry of Defence.

Royal Navy Resettlement Officer, Richard Slade (65), known as Dick, joined the Royal Navy aged 15 on 26 Oct 1965 as a Junior Seaman.

In the early 1970s he transferred to the Royal Navy Police, known then as the regulating branch and after 10 years good service and conduct was selected for Officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, where he passed with flying colours - winning the sword for best Special Duties student in his year.

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