Investigation launched into warship security breach

The Navy has launched an investigation after an undercover reporter managed to gain access to one of its warships.

The journalist from 'The Sun' said that he spent an hour on board HMS Ocean at the Devonport base, after using a lost identity card belonging to a cleaner.

During his time on the ship, the journalist went to the bridge where he took video footage. He said that guards did not closely inspect the pass he was using.

He claimed that he was only questioned once about what he was doing and when he explained that he was a cleaner he was sent on his way without being questioned further.

HMS Ocean can carry a sea crew of 255, an air crew of 206 and up to 480 Royal Marine commandos.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said that a full investigation had been launched.


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