Veterans visit salvaged D-Day landing craft at Portsmouth Naval Base

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Veterans of the D-Day landings are today getting a glimpse of a landing craft recently raised from the bottom of a dock.

About 15 veterans of the Normandy campaign in the Second World War are being shown the vessel, called LCT 7074, at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The craft was built to transport tanks and is one of the few surviving vessels that took part in the landings.

She was raised in Liverpool last year by a team from the National Museum of the Royal Navy and brought to Portsmouth by boat for conservation thanks to a £916,149 HNational Heritage Memorial Fund grant.

John Jenkins, of Milton, said he was delighted to see the craft.

Mr Jenkins, 96, served in Normandy as part of the army’s Royal Pioneer Corps.

He said: ‘I didn’t think it would be as big as it is.

‘Imagine trying to clean the rust off that!

‘It would be very nice to see it restored.’

The vessel will eventually go on public display.