Priddy’s Hard, located in Gosport, Hampshire, was once the site of a bustling British naval ordnance depot. Built in the 1750s as an earth rampart to defend Portsmouth Harbor, the depot supplied the Royal Navy with armaments and munitions, housed officers, and serviced warships. When the depot closed in 1988, Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower was established on its site to tell the story of weapons and explosives, from gunpowder to nuclear.
Upon arriving at the museum, a visitor finds several notable exhibits displayed within the outdoor grounds. The most recent is the Sea Dart missile launcher, which towers above other less-modern naval armaments, such as the QF 4.5-inch Mark V and the 4.7-inch Mark IXB gun. The Royal Navy used that surface-to-air missile launcher operationally in the Persian Gulf and during the 2011 Libyan intervention before replacing it with the Sea Viper system on Type 45 destroyers.