Crystal seas for Portsmouth bomb disposal divers

The Royal Navy's bomb disposal squad in the Red Sea
The Royal Navy's bomb disposal squad in the Red Sea
The team passes the Nelson statue in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland (171022-0023)

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A TEAM of bomb disposal divers have swapped the murky waters of Portsmouth Harbour for the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

The 19-strong team from Fleet Diving Unit 3 has been working with their Jordanian counterparts off the port of Aqaba as part of a mine warfare exercise.

Nearly 40 ships from more than 40 nations and over 6,500 military personnel are taking part in the fortnight-long exercise.

The dive team, from Horsea Island, in Portsmouth, ensure ports and harbours around the world are safe as they search jetties and the seabed for mines and improvised explosive devices.

Able Seaman Luke Williams said: ‘It’s a great opportunity to work with divers from another nation.’