We are naturally seeing more of these sort of call-outs due to the dredging works that are taking place for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers

Captain Roger Readwin, the Royal Navy’s Captain Mine Warfare, Diving and Fishery Protection

“I am exceptionally proud of everyone involved in today’s incident and its excellent outcome,” said Captain Roger Readwin, the Royal Navy’s Captain Mine Warfare, Diving and Fishery Protection. 

“These bombs are still dangerous despite being several decades old and sitting at the bottom of the seabed for such a long time. We are naturally seeing more of these sort of call-outs due to the dredging works that are taking place for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

“But it’s very much routine business for the Royal Navy and the diving squadron who are world-class professionals in dealing with this sort of ordnance in a way that protects the public from danger.”

This type of Second World War German SC250 bomb weighs 500lb and contains 290lb of high explosives.

Millions of pounds have been spent on works to prepare Portsmouth Naval Base to accommodate the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Dredging operations are under way to deepen the main channel used by shipping in Portsmouth by one metre. New power facilities are also being built, navigational aids installed and jetties upgraded to take the carriers alongside.

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