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Royal Navy to pay for HMS Victory upkeep

HMS Victory, Portsmouth
Image caption HMS Victory is the world's oldest commissioned warship

The Royal Navy has committed to funding the upkeep of HMS Victory - the warship on which Admiral Lord Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The ship is on display in dry dock in Portsmouth as a museum and is one of the area's main tourist attractions.

About £1.5m a year is spent by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the maintenance of the vessel, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

The MoD is about to put a 10-year contract for the work out to tender.

The Battle of Trafalgar reached its peak on 21 October 1805.

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