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VISIT Former defence secretary Michael Portillo at HMS Dragon
VISIT Former defence secretary Michael Portillo at HMS Dragon
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FORMER defence secretary Michael Portillo served breakfast to sailors when he visited the Royal Navy’s newest warship during filming for a new BBC television programme.

Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon will feature in the new series of BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys, which sees Mr Portillo travel the country’s rail network.

He visited the warship as part of his filming of the old railway jetty at Portsmouth Naval Base where Queen Victoria used to stop and visit the fleet.

The former Conservative politician spent several hours filming on board and seeing preparations for the ship’s commissioning ceremony last Friday.

He served breakfast to some of the 190 crew, took part in the ship’s daily flag-raising ceremony known as ‘colours’ and interviewed the Commanding Officer, Commander Darren Houston, about the traditions of commissioning ceremonies.

Mr Portillo said: ‘It was great fun. It was a hectic day but also an enjoyable one.’