just in case your near portsmouth the nippon navy have three boats there, were out yesterday just off the coast firring off there guns i presume they were blanks but very lound and much smoke from them.
boats are the
JDS Kashima, JDS Shirayuki and JDS Isoyuki
But back to your proper thread, when I was in the RM's I was based on a Leander classed frigate, HMS Bacchante whose home port was Portsmouth. Travelled all over the world and basically getting drunk in any port we stopped at. Unfortunately all my memories are in my head as there is no photographic record as taking photos was not as easy as it is now.
Sailing home and seeing the Isle of White, of course the sea had long turned to it's usual cold grey uninviting self, but we were almost home. Many fond memories of Portsmouth and the trains out.
Aitchbee - They are on a training cruise and used the RN's facilities and ranges. Would the Government know? - Depends what you mean by the Government as the Navy, and by extension MOD, would have known as they would have been programmed in to the ranges and it was inside English waters. Scotland would have been unlikely to have known anything about it.