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Portsmouth explosives experts destroy bomb near the Houses of Parliament

ELITE explosives experts from Portsmouth have destroyed a Second World War bomb found near the Houses of Parliament.

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Soldiers’ hotel bill costs UK £8m

SOLDIERS snoozing in hotels during operations cost the taxpayer £8m last year.

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Divers inspecting the wreck of HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow PHOTO:  Bob Anderson/HMS Vanguard Expedition 2017/PA Wire

PICTURES: Eerie images of sunken Royal Navy ship HMS Vanguard

DIVERS have revealed the ghostly first images of warship HMS Vanguard after it sunk almost a century ago.

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Bishop Christopher says service personnel should not be disadvantaged by the mobile nature of their role

RT REV CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, BISHOP OF PORTSMOUTH: The armed forces deserve our respect

WE’VE all heard about Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion which exist to help service personnel.

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Lt Walling with his late wife Maureen at St Patrick's Church, Hayling Island, about 15 years ago

Tributes paid to hero sailor who died age 94

RELATIVES have paid tribute to the last known survivor of a ship involved in a daring Second World War mission to liberate Malta.

Havant

Questions are raised over Royal Navy’s new general purpose frigate

PRESSURE is building on ministers to reveal how plans to build the navy’s newest breed of frigates are coming along.

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‘Heed report’s advice to build more warships’, says Portsmouth MP

WHITEHALL needs to heed the advice of a key report which said the UK should build more Royal Navy warships, an MP has warned.

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Jet skiers fined after obstructing launch of Wightlink Ferry in Portsmouth Harbour

JET skiers have been fined after they obstructed the departure of a Wightlink Ferry in Portsmouth Harbour.

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Veterans gather in Emsworth for the St George's Day parade last year

Progress ‘being made’ to improve help for Hampshire veterans

KEY decisions on the nation’s new armed forces covenant should be debated by Ministry of Defence leaders and not an independent team at the heart of Whitehall.

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Runners compete along Royal Sovereign Avenue, HMS Collingwood

Sailors pound naval base tarmac

RUNNERS at a naval training base laced up their trainers to compete for the chance to take part in a regional championship today.

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HMS Iron Duke where the sailor serves

Portsmouth sailor appears in court over racial abuse claims

A ROYAL Navy sailor serving on a Portsmouth warship has appeared at a court martial accused of sending racist messages to a colleague.

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Warrant officer denies three sexual assaults

A SENIOR Royal Navy non-commissioned officer groped a junior colleague while telling her he could help her career if ‘she helped him out’, a court martial has heard.

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Commander Philip Dennis rides the camel as the ship's company form a 'gauntlet of honour'

Naval commander takes his final ride – on a camel

ALMOST three years in charge of HMS Daring have come to end for Commander Philip Dennis – who marked his departure by riding off along a Bahrain beach on the back of a camel.

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Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin at Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday Picture: Sarah Standing (170064-873)

New £269m deal could spark jobs boom at Havant defence firm

MORE jobs could be on the horizon for one of the area’s biggest defence firms after a £269m deal was unveiled.

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Army veteran Dave Henson collecting his MBE

Inspirational athlete to address Round Table

ONE of the stars of Team GB’s Paralympic record medal-winning group in Rio will help kick-start a charity’s 90th year celebrations.

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Rosemary Wilson whose book, Memories of Cowplain, helped fund the war memorial

A fundraising book packed with wartime memories

A BOOK which helped pay for a war memorial has sold out.

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The Polish navy's ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki visited Portsmouth.

First Polish navy ship at British port in three years comes to Portsmouth

THE flag of a Polish warship flew at a British port for the first time in three years.

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Minister visits Portsmouth to announce £269m defence deal

A £269M deal will see a local firm kit-out helicopters that will be the eyes and ears of the navy’s new aircraft carriers.

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New date set for TV debate

A DEBATE into the historic Battle of Jutland has been rescheduled to take place next month.

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Soldiers finally have hot water after army agrees to fix boiler

DEFENCE chiefs have forked out cash to fix a broken boiler after scores of soldiers were forced to sleep in freezing army barracks for months.

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