Work started today to save Gosport’s Second World War submarine HMS Alliance.
The first phase of the £6.5m restoration project, at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Haslar Road, started with the piling of pillars into the sea bed to construct a platform for workers.
HMS Alliance needs physical conservation after being exposed to sea water for a number of years.
The project will see the submarine placed on a new platform and thoroughly restored in time for the summer of 2013.
The chairman of the museum, Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement, said: ‘It is really exciting to finally be able to start the actual physical work to save HMS Alliance.
‘It is so important that she is conserved and brought to life for future generations to have the opportunity to understand and learn about the silent service that has been in operation for over 100 years.’