PRINCESS ROYAL IN GROUND-BREAKING VISIT TO PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has made her first visit to the Navy at Portsmouth since she became Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth last year.
Rear Admiral The Princess Royal has spent three hours in Portsmouth Naval Base on Tuesday, May 8, where she was received by the Naval Base Commander, Commodore David Steel, and officially opened a brand new accommodation building for junior sailors. Joint hosts were the Naval Base Commander and Commodore Portsmouth Flotilla, Commodore Andrew Cameron.
The seven-storey accommodation, named Vanguard Block after the last Portsmouth-base battleship, provides 300 en suite, single rooms for sailors, supplementing similar accommodation for 584 junior ratings in four, four-storey blocks completed in 2004 as part of a programme to modernise Service single living accommodation across the Defence estate. The buildings are named Sirius, Phoebe, Naiad and Euryalus after ships of the squadron that picketed Cadiz harbour in the lead-up to Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.
During her visit, Princess Anne meet members of the Royal Navy and civilian staff of the Naval Base Commander, members of the Team Portsmouth workforce employed by the MOD and Fleet Support Ltd (the Navy’s partnering company in Portsmouth), and those engaged in VT Shipbuilding work on the new Daring-class destroyers for the Royal Navy, and other projects.
She was also briefed by Commodore Portsmouth Flotilla staff on the latest techniques in mine countermeasures and diving activities, Portsmouth being the home of the ships of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron. There she meet REMUS (Remote Environmental Measuring Unit), a small, man-portable torpedo-shaped unit that can collect sonar side-scan data and environmental data, reaching the parts that ships cannot be negotiating obstructions.
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