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A royal berth for Navy's new carrier fleet

By Ben Mitchell

The Princess Royal has opened a jetty that will be home to the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers.

Anne unveiled a plaque at Portsmouth Naval Base at the giant berth formerly known as Middle Ship Jetty, but which has now been named after her. The 90-year-old jetty has been upgraded to support the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

Anne met some of the workers involved in the two-year refurbishment, as well as Navy bomb disposal experts responsible for safely disposing of historic ordnance.

Second World War bombs were dredged up during work to deepen the harbour ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year. More than three million cubic metres of clay, sand and gravel have been moved from an area the size of 200 football pitches as part of the dredging work.

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