See on-board Mexican Navy ship at dockyard

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THE Mexican Navy sail ship, ARM Cuauhtemoc, will be open to visitors this weekend in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of her five-day stopover in the city.

The ship, which acts as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy, will be in Portsmouth until Tuesday.

She will open to visitors today and tomorrow from 11am to 2.30pm.

Access to the ship is free but visitors will need to enter Portsmouth Historic Dockyard through the visitor centre before going on board.

The Royal Navy fired a 17-gun salute to welcome the 270ft vessel into port.

Commander David Hilton, base services manager, said: ‘The naval base is delighted to be hosting such a magnificent vessel.

‘She is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports, and will create a stunning backdrop for the Armed Forces Weekend events in the Historic Dockyard.’

The ship visit coincides with a free two-day Armed Forces Weekend event being hosted by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.