VOS Service Users and Volunteers were recently given the opportunity to find their sea legs aboard a Second World War search and rescue launch; HSL (High Speed Launch) 102 was built in 1936.
The vessel has been fully restored and is operated by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust out of the Historic Dockyard.
The group was split into two and whilst the first group went to sea, the others had a very informative tour of Boathouse 4, where there are a number of vintage naval vessels being restored. The groups then swapped round with three intrepid sailors finding their sea legs and going round again on the launch!
Whilst it was not raining, the strong wind and high swell ensured that each group got suitably soaked on their trips into the Solent and then down into the harbour to look at the two carriers close up. The day was rounded off with very welcome tea and cakes. Huge thanks to VOS and the Property Trust for putting this on – hugely enjoyed by all.
(Written by J.Scivier)
If you’re a veteran from the UK Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy (from any time of service) or a partner to one, VOS would love for you to join our community. We are here to offer our support: call us on 02392 731 767, visit an upcoming drop-in, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOS is immensely grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, as without their support and funding we would not be able to provide activities such as this one.