Event No. 2: “The Portland Spies” – Talk by Rod Harris OBE

Date(s) - 11 February, 2020
2:30 pm

House in Ruislip, home of two of the Portland Spies, Peter Kroger and his wife Helen

“The Portland Spies” – Talk by Rod Harris OBE

Most of us will remember with disbelief when we read in our newspapers about a spy ring on Portland. Today we welcome Rod Harris OBE, a Chartered Engineer who will enlighten us further.

Throughout the 50’s and early 60’s a ring of spies consisting of two Britons, one Russian and two American defectors stole vital secrets concerning the underwater detection equipment of Britain’s first nuclear submarine – HMS Dreadnought. It is estimated that information they gave away set our technology back 15 years. They were eventually caught and sentenced to prison after a trial at the Old Bailey. All the secrets were stolen from the Underwater Defence Establishment Research base at Portland. The talk highlights the gross inefficiency of security at Portland for over almost eleven years.

Rod Harris was employed at the research base for 20 years as Project Manager for the MoD (but long after the spies) and received an OBE for his work on submarine safety.

This is a talk scheduled for last year which unfortunately had to be postponed.

Venue: St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth DT3 5EW (parking is available at the rear of the Church)
Bus service No.10 from Dorchester stops at the Spa Hotel in Weymouth – a short walk from St Aldhelm’s Church Centre

Time: 2.30 pm

Cost: Members £3.00  Non-NTSDA members £4.00

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St Aldhelm’s Centre
Spa Road

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