2010 High-speed WW II motor boats
The last remaining fully operational high-speed World War II motor boats were purchased by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust with the help of a £580,000 grant. When built, they were the fastest boats of their type in the world. One of the boats, MGB 81, was active during the US landing at Omaha Beach during D-Day and received the battle honour ‘Normandy 1944’. The other, HSL 102, is the only surviving example of the 100 class high speed launch and was stationed at RAF Calshot during the Battle of Britain, retrieving shot down airmen from the sea.