As the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transited seas in the Singapore region Oct. 1, Carl Vinson Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl Thomas, held a brief memorial ceremony to remember the loss of two Royal Navy (RN) ships in this region during the Battle of Malaya in 1941.
The commanding officer held this poignant remembrance in honor of the 840 crew members and two ships lost during this battle.
The RN ships and their crews lost in the battle are honored to this day at their final resting sites with RN buoys attached to the ships’ propeller shafts.
The British Royal Navy continues to pay tribute to their lost comrades, recently christening their newest aircraft carrier the HMS Prince of Wales.
Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: US Navy