Security breaches at navy bases revealed

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THREE security breaches at navy bases in the Portsmouth area have been revealed.

The Royal Navy admitted two incursions at HM Naval Base Portsmouth and one at HMS Sultan in Gosport between 2013 and this year.

On January 12 three civilians were seen to have inadvertently gained access to HMNB Portsmouth via an open gate by HMS Victory.

Details were released under the Freedom of Information Act.

In relation to this year’s incident a note on the release said: ‘They were escorted back to the public/heritage area and interviewed. Incident fully investigated to identify the lesson learnt and these were put into practice which included the gate being secured at all times.’

‘On October 14, 2014 a civilian was given unescorted access to HMNB Portsmouth in error. Disciplinary action was taken against the people who let the civilian in.

‘An interview with the civilian revealed they did not purposefully enter the site or have any malicious intent.’

The last incursion was at HMS Sultan on November 11, 2013 when a partner of a serving rating gained access to the shore establishment. The person was removed and security rounds were increased.

An investigation took place.