We can all be proud of the reach our city has worldwide

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For a humble city, Portsmouth regularly punches above its weight – and the results are plain to see.

And our excellent armed forces are one of the best examples of this influence around the globe.

You need look no further than the pages of this newspaper to see the hard work done by our servicemen and women across the world, and on home turf, 365 days a year.

And to further illustrate the point, today we have published some insightful diary pieces by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt from her recent four-day whistlestop tour of the Middle East.

Ms Mordaunt has recently been given the job of armed forces minister and has visited Afghanistan, Dubai and Bahrain for a close-up look at what our armed forces do there.

But what she also discovered was that men and women from the Portsmouth area are everywhere to be found, doing vital jobs for the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

‘Our city has a reach beyond compare,’ she writes in one of her entries.

‘I have never been prouder of what Portsmouth’s sons and daughter are doing to make the world safer and stable.’

We quite agree. And in fact it’s something that all of us can be proud of.

It’s a funny antithesis that being a city as strongly affiliated with the armed forces as we are we may sometimes be guilty of being a little apathetic about our military.

But hopefully our reports today are just a little reminder that we have a lot to shout about, and be proud of them for.