Submarine sailors say hello as they arrive

VISITOR USS Virginia arriving in Portsmouth
VISITOR USS Virginia arriving in Portsmouth
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YOU never know what can surface from the waters of the Solent.

This weekend, rising from beneath the sea in Portsmouth Harbour was a submarine from America.

The USS Virginia arrived in Portsmouth on Saturday.

Sailors lined the whale-like submarine, after she surfaced, and waved to onlookers.

Portsmouth Naval Base said that the vessel is here on what is called a routine visit.

Spokesman Simon Smith said: ‘This is what we call a routine visit.

‘She is here to give her crew rest and recuperation.

‘We are not sure when she is going, she could be here right up until September 5.’

USS Virginia is a United States Navy attack submarine, and the lead boat of her class.