The paper was founded in 1954 (with £300 from the then Victory Barracks (now HMS Nelson) pigswill fund, the proceeds of 'gash' food from the mess sold to local farmers!) purely to serve the Portsmouth Command, after all Plymouth had its own ‘Guzz Gazzette’ and Chatham had its own ‘Chats’. Within a few months Navy News’ success allowed it to expand to cover the whole of the Senior Service. Today it is estimated to have more than 100,000 readers worldwide probably many more, as there is of evidence of how individual copies are passed around whole ship's companies, ex pat communities and ex Service associations who use its columns to keep in touch with present developments and old shipmates. They are now supported by the Thames Valley Business and the Royal Naval Museum.
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