The most hallowed day in the Royal Navy’s calendar – Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar – will be marked on Monday 21 October, the battle’s 208th anniversary.
Taking place onboard HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, between 8am and 10am the commemorative event will be attended by senior Royal Navy personnel.
October 21 is the anniversary of the most decisive naval battle under sail in British history – Admiral Lord Nelson’s triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The anniversary also marks the death of Nelson when he was fatally wounded during the action.
The modern Royal Navy still exists to protect the nation’s interests in an unpredictable world and its work extends far and wide across the globe providing security, preventing conflict and helping other nations by providing humanitarian assistance.
The Royal Navy’s men and women are drawn from every part of society and its sailors, aviators and marines are held in high regard for their professionalism and expertise around the world.
The anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will be commemorated on Royal Navy ships operating around the world, including:
- HMS Daring in Australia
- HMS Lancaster in the Caribbean
- HMS Westminster in India
- HMS Penzance and
- HMS Dragon in the Mediterranean
- The Response Force Task Group in the Gulf
Also taking time to remember this historic event will be:
- 40 Commando Royal Marines training in the Mojave Desert, California
- Elements of 45 Commando training in Cameroon
- The Lead Commando Group on 42 Commando currently deployed with the Response Force Task Group in the Gulf
As well as the men and women of the Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service deployed on land, at sea and in the air around the world.
Press Release, October 21, 2013; Image: Royal Navy