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Posted on Tuesday 29th May

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) has announced that its historic Second World War air-sea rescue boat, HSL102, will be attending the Thames Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, 3 June.

HSL102 performed vital service during the Second World War, rescuing pilots who had to bail out into the sea after their aircraft were caught in enemy fire. PNBPT has been gradually restoring her to her former glory since taking over ownership in 2009 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.


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The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986

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The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986

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Between 1918 and 1986 the marine branch of the Royal Air Force provided rescue facilities, support and other services to this armed service. In its pre-1941 guise as the Air Sea Rescue service, the RAF had an inventory of over 200 motorboats, supported by float aircraft engaged in rescue, towing, refueling and servicing RAF aircraft. Amongst the many characters of this early period was none other than Lawrence of Arabia. The Marine Craft Section itself… Read more...


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