Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lee on Solent coastguard training centre building work begins

Work at Daedalus Airfield Image copyright Mca
Image caption Prince Michael of Kent looked on as work on the new coastguard centre at the site began

Work has begun on a £2.5m national coastguard training centre.

Prince Michael of Kent cut the first sod of turf at the site at Daedalus Airfield in Lee-on-Solent earlier.

The facility will include an 8m (26ft) high cliff face to train teams how to carry out rescues on the coastline, and will be completed in 2015.

The artificial construction will also descend 4m (13ft) into a pit, to enable coastguards to train in tight spaces.

The site will also be the new base for the Hill Head Coastguard Rescue Team.

Royal Naval Air Station HMS Daedalus ceased operating there in 1996.

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