Local MP opens new facilities as part of final preparations for new carriers

The Illustrious complex, part of a series of infrastructure improvements at HM Naval Base was officially opened this weekend by local Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan.

The complex, alongside the jetty which will be the home to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth and latterly HMS Prince of Wales, is a new facility supporting management personnel and providing a range of amenities including catering, changing facilities and offices.

The visit also included a briefing and tour for the city MP by the Commander of the HM Naval Base, Commodore Jeremy Rigby as the Naval Base makes the final preparations for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth next week.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Having a walkabout the Naval Base reminded me of the sheer scale of effort and coordination gone in to bringing HMS Queen Elizabeth to her home berth, our great city of Portsmouth. 

It was a privilege to open the final part of the Base’s carrier preparations. Following lots dredging of the Harbour and channel, and significant capital works, none of this is of any value without the teams who do all the hard work.

The Illustrious complex is a significant investment in the Base’s workforce which is critical to keeping our carriers operational.

With the new carriers enabling a rebirth in our nation’s naval aviation capabilities so too have we seen the most significant update in infrastructure in the Royal Navy’s history”.

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