TOP officials from businesses and organisations in the area visited Portsmouth naval base to see how it is preparing for the arrival of two new aircraft carriers.
Guests included the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, and representatives of the NHS, schools, emergency services and Portsmouth university.
As reported in The News, the base is preparing for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, which are the biggest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.
So Commodore Jeremy Rigby, the naval base commander, invited city leaders into the base to keep them up to date on the preparation works.
They also toured helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious.
Cdre Rigby said: ‘I was able to describe the really exciting plans for the future of the naval base as well as highlight where Portsmouth ships are on operations around the world.’
The new carriers are taking shape at shipyards around the country.
The aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth was lifted into place in Rosyth last week.
Work continues on sections of HMS Prince of Wales at the BAE Systems yard in Portsmouth.