Event No. 3: “The Portland Spies” by Rod Harris OBE

Date(s) - 12 March, 2019
2:30 pm

Cranley Drive, Ruislip

Cranley Drive, Ruislip. Peter and Helen Kroger’s House

Most of us will remember our 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.

Cost:  Members £3.00;   Non-NTSDA Members £4.00.


St Aldhelm's Centre
Spa Road

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