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NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2007 31
AAll are remembered,
atat home and overseas
T
HE ROYAL Navy operates
a warm reception from the British School who took the lead. 11 services.
on a global scale, and
community in Tangier. Joined by members of the Type 22 frigate HMS
over the centuries, ships,
And the Navy was well- Plymouth and London branches Cumberland was five miles south
squadrons and brigades have
represented at the Cross of Sacrifice of the Submariners Association, of Start Point on Remembrance
in Gibraltar itself.
left their dead scattered across
wreaths were laid at the Statue of Sunday, and conducted a service
Further out into the Atlantic, the Unknown Submariner outside
and wreath-laying ceremony – in
the globe, victims of war, local
Fleet flagship HMS Ark Royal the school in honour of the 167
particular for the officers and
strife, disease and misfortune. halted flying training at 1100,
boats and their crews which have ratings of Hunt-class destroyer
So it is only right that the with a service being held in her
been lost since 1901. HMS Penylan, sunk by torpedo
Royal Navy’s acts of remembrance cavernous hangar deck.
Among those laying wreaths was in December 1942 at the point
reflect its long reach. All three Services were
Cdr Rob Dunn, Officer-in-Charge where Cumberland halted.
Among the most remote of represented at a ceremony in
of the school, whose grandfather, Current Hunt-class ships were
the solemn services was that on Butmir Camp, Bosnia.
PO Tel James Storr, died on board prominent around the country.
the flight deck of frigate HMS A little closer to home, Naval
HMS P222 in 1942. HMS Cattistock visited Poole,
Monmouth, approaching the end Service officers and ratings based
Trainees from Raleigh also and took part in ceremonies
of her global deployment. at Supreme Headquarters Allied
represented the RN at the war there and in the affiliated village
Remembrance Day was spent at Powers Europe (SHAPE), at
memorial in Torpoint. whose name she shares.
sea in the Pacific Ocean, where a Mons in Belgium, marked the
Another group of submariners HMS Brocklesby was at
wreath was cast into the sea. 90th anniversary of Passchendaele
attended a service in Newton King’s Lynn for a four-day visit,
Over in the Caribbean, by laying White Ensigns at
Abbot – HMS Triumph is during which time she provided
sister ship HMS Portland was the RN and RM graves at the
undergoing maintenance in a platoon to march through
visiting the island of St Lucia on Passchendaele New British
Devonport, so members of her the town on Remembrance
November 11. Cemetery, then moving on to
crew led the parade in her affiliated Sunday, while the entire ship’s
Her ship’s company took part Tyne Cot.
town – while the crew of HMS company attended a service at St
in two concurrent services, one on World War 1 Navy veteran
Torbay, nearing the end of a refit Margaret’s Church.
board at sea and the other ashore. Henry Allingham (111), a founder
in Scotland, were also in Devon, A group of 125 RN and RM
The ship service was led by member of the RAF, travelled
paying their respects in Torquay. personnel, including members
Executive Officer Lt Cdr David across the Channel to lay a wreath
HMS Cornwall made her of the RFA and QARNNS, took
Knight, while the frigate’s at St Omer, where he was stationed
presence felt around her namesake part in the national ceremony at
Commanding Officer, Cdr Mike 90-odd years ago.
county, with contingents attending the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Utley, and a guard took part in All ships and units overseas in
St Lucia’s national Remembrance different time zones observe the
marina Our feature on the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas
Day Parade. two-minute silence at 11am local in Staffordshire has been held over until next month
Destroyer HMS Nottingham
time.
staged a ceremony on her
In the UK, a new stained
fl ight deck in Brazil while
glass window in Cathcart
alongside in the port of
Old Parish Church,
Fortaleza.
Glasgow, was dedicated on
Remembrance Day.
East of Suez there were a The window is dedicated
number of ceremonies held on to the officers and men
November 11. of the Royal Marines, and
Sailors and Royals based in shows a brightly-lit cross in
Bahrain paid tribute during the colours of the Corps.
a service in Manama, while in The people of Plymouth
Afghanistan Royal Marines of 40 were encouraged to take
Commando at Kajaki and Naval part in the Remembrance
Service personnel at Kandahar Ceremony on the Hoe by
airfield, including members of the being invited to place a
Naval Strike Wing, held their own wreath or poppy cross at
services. the foot of the memorial
Out at sea, HMS Argyll held a following the civic event.
service on the flight deck as she The Royal Marines
patrolled the oil platforms off the Band and Naval presence
coast of Iraq, whilst sister frigate remained at the site until
HMS Sutherland put a wreath everyone who wished to pay
into the sea as she passed through his or her respects did so.
the Gulf of Aden. Sailors from HMS Drake,
The ship’s company of fast ships and submarines, and
patrol boat HMS Scimitar paid a Royal Marines from 3 Cdo
visit to Tangier to take part in the Brigade and 29 Cdo RA
Remembrance Sunday ceremonies took part in the parade in
at St Andrew’s Church. Plymouth, while across the
Nine sailors based with the Tamar in HMS Raleigh it
Gibraltar Patrol Boat Squadron was the staff and students
made the short trip to Morocco to of the RN Submarine
● The Navy remembers, at home and overseas: LPT ‘Sweeney’
Todd, of the RN staff at SHAPE in Belgium, pays his respects
at a Naval grave in Tyne Cot cemetery (right); Remembrance
Day on the Hoe in Plymouth (below); a wreath fl oats in the
wake of HMS Monmouth in the Pacifi c Ocean (left)
Pictures: LA(Phot) Steve Johncock (Plymouth) and
LA(Phot) Brian Douglas (Monmouth)
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