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The Wasp helicopter, on loan from Fleet Air Arm Museum, now alongside HMS Victory this summer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HMS Victory, the pride of Royal Navy history has an unlikely neighbour as a Wasp helicopter opens its cockpit to visitors this summer.

The helicopter has made a 100-mile journey by road from The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset to its flagship, HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Visitors can sit inside the original Westland Wasp helicopter and imagine what it would be like to take the controls. The Wasp was designed as an anti-submarine helicopter.

Military helicopters are basic and rugged and built to be strong and as light as possible, there is no room for unnecessary additional extras, or comfort items.

The 'Wicked Wasp' will sit alongside HMS Victory from 24 July - 2 September.

Entry to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard costs from £31 per adult online for a 'Full Navy Ticket' with under 16s free during the summer holidays. Tickets offer access to the site's 11 attractions and are valid for multiple entries throughout the year. Book online at www.historicdockyard.co.uk or pay on entry.

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