More pictures of V2 recovery operation at Harwich

Divers from the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team preparing to lift a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

Royal Navy and Army bomb disposal experts have successfully removed the remnants of a V2 rocket which was submerged just off the Essex coast at Harwich. The Ministry of Defence has released pictures of the operation

A 4-feet-long section of the German Second World War missile was pulled from mudflats at low tide on the River Stour between Harwich and Felixstowe on Saturday.

Click here to see a video report of the operation

Divers from the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team preparing to lift a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

The six-man Navy team from Portsmouth worked with the Army's101 Engineer Regiment bomb disposal team to lift the section of weapon from the mud onto a barge. They had first excavated around the lowest part of the V2 to discover that the warhead section was not there - meaning there was no safety risk to the local population.

The venturi section of the rocket, named after a scientific reaction that happens when fluid passes through a narrow pipe, could now be donated to the Harwich Sailing Club who have passed it in the mud for decades.

The remnants of a V2 rocket lifted from the seabed off Harwich, Essex could now be displayed at the local sailing club. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence
A Royal Navy divers works to recover a WW2 V2 rocket from the seabed at Harwich, Essex. Credit: Gaz Armes/Ministry of Defence

"This was a successful result to the operation and means people using the waterways and living locally can have confidence that this was not a dangerous piece of ordnance. We are grateful for the support of our colleagues from 101 Engineer Regiment for helping remove this section of the rocket."

Lt Dan Herridge led the joint Royal Navy and Army operation to lift a V2 rocket from the seabed off Harwich, Essex Credit: Hannah Pettifer/ITV Anglia