Bomb team calls in help

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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THE Royal Navy bomb squad has called in help from the army’s Royal Engineers to deal with a rare Second World War missile found in Essex.

The six-strong navy team from Horsea Island in Portsmouth has identified the missile as a V-2 rocket fired by the Germans in 1944 or 1945.

The missile is nose down submerged in mud off the coast of Harwich. Its base is sticking 2ft out of the ground.

After digging down 3ft, the navy yesterday asked for assistance to dredge the area to examine whether the 2,000lb missile is still live.

Lieutenant Dan Herridge, 30, of Hill Head, who is running the operation, said: ‘We’re bringing resources forward to dredge over the weekend. We don’t know yet if we’ll need to do a controlled explosion.’