A trip down memory lane for Portsmouth Navy divers

The 10,000th trainee passes through the MCTS training facility at HMS Collingwood. AB(WS) Matthew North at his consul during a simulated missile attack

Royal Navy training hub in Fareham marks its 10,000th trainee

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ROYAL Navy diving team members took a journey through history to discover where their branch began.

Recruits from one of the country’s leading diving courses, run by the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth, went to The Diving Museum, in Gosport.

The visit gave the new batch of divers the opportunity to speak to museum guides, who had previously served in the navy, to gain some historical context of their branch.

The team also presented the museum with an old diving camera.

Diving officer at the school, Ltn Dave Stanbury, said: ‘We were extremely proud to visit and present an old underwater video camera to the diving museum.

‘This adds to one of the largest collections of historic diving equipment, in the UK.’