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Nuclear submarine to dock at Portland on six-day visit
A NUCLEAR-powered submarine will sail into Portland next week for a six-day visit.
Schoolchildren, sea cadets and potential Royal Navy recruits are set to pay a visit to HMS Torbay.
The hunter killer submarine is set to arrive on Tuesday when the ship’s company will have an opportunity for some well earned rest and recuperation.
It comes after Portland Port was home to a nuclear training exercise to test how the authorities would react in the case of an emergency.
Police, fire and naval officers took part in the project, known as Shortbill with emergency planning officers from Dorset County Council to run through procedures that are in place to cope with any radiation leak that may occur.
HMS Torbay will berth in Portland Port at noon and will host a reception on Wednesday evening for invited guests.
The submariner community ill also host members of the ship’s company on Thursday evening at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club in Weymouth.
HMS Torbay will also host a large number of organised tours for various groups of people from the local community whilst in Portland. These include pupils from Blandford School, Sir John Colfox School, Thomas Hardye School and the Dorset police.
In addition, the Armed Forces Careers Office is coordinating a number of visits each day for potential officer and rating recruits.
Commanding Officer Comman-der Andy Johns said: “I am really looking forward to our forthcoming visit to Portland as it will give HMS Torbay’s Ship Company the opportunity to reinvigorate ties with the town of Portland and the surrounding areas.
“During the visit, we will be welcoming groups of local schoolchildren and potential recruits onboard to experience firsthand what modern day life is like on a nuclear submarine. The visit is also a welcome opportunity for the crew to take some shore leave and enjoy the many attractions the surrounding area offers.”
HMS Torbay is entering her 25th year of service and can hear vessels over 50 miles away.