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Wheels turn on Portsmouth’s amphibious vehicles for the first time in two decades

Members of Portsmouths Territorial Army move the two large amphibious vehicles which have been a familiar sight to motorists driving past Tipner. Sergeant Andy Baxter hauls the cables.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13230-5)

Members of Portsmouths Territorial Army move the two large amphibious vehicles which have been a familiar sight to motorists driving past Tipner. Sergeant Andy Baxter hauls the cables. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13230-5)

 

They’ve been the city’s sentinels for more than two decades, but today two huge amphibious vehicles were on the move.

The pair are called LARCs, and were used by the American Army to transport goods and personnel from ships to land in safety.

Today, after more than a year in the planning, Territorial Army soldiers from Portsmouth based 128 Field Company, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers are playing a game of giant tug-o’-war to remove them from the mud at Tipner.

They had been part of John Pounds’ scrapyard, and needed to be moved to make way for the regeneration of the entire area.

Platoon commander Captain Nikk Lovelock-Jeffels said: ‘I was asked by my boss, how can we do things for the community in terms of civil engagement, and having driven past them for more than a year when I was in the navy, I wondered about the LARCs, did some research, saw the area was going to be regenerated and thought we could help move them out of the way.’

The operation began at 10am, and each craft was moved out of the mud in four stages.

The News understands the craft will be broken down for scrap.

 

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