Barrow built ship led flotilla to mark D-Day landings anniversary
Last updated at 11:20, Friday, 06 June 2014
A BARROW built ship led a flotilla of Royal Navy and allied nation ships sailing from Portsmouth to the Normandy coast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.
The Princess Royal, who is commodore in chief of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth area, attended a drumhead service on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, along with veterans and serving members of the armed forces. The Hampshire naval port was the departure point for the troops heading to Sword Beach, the easternmost of the five beaches targeted in France.
More than 200 veterans and military personnel, including 80 Normandy veterans and representatives from the armed forces of the UK, Canada and France, attended the parade with a marching band which arrived at the common for the drumhead ceremony which involved prayers for those who lost their lives in the military operation.
The service was followed by an amphibious landing display by the Royal Marines on Southsea Beach launching from HMS Bulwark, along with members of the Royal Netherlands Marines Corps from the Dutch vessel HNLMS Johan de Witt.
A display by the RAF's Red Arrows was also held over the Solent with the festivities concluding with a sail-past by the flotilla before sailing to Normandy.
First published at 10:56, Friday, 06 June 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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"Barrw built ship/submarine "
90% of the fleet was built in barrow!why cant you just say royal navy vessell
We have no claim to fame for building the flagship of the Royal Navy! Becuase its not based here. Its barrow a barrow ship or anything its plymouth ship. If any body cared they would come back for the festival of the sea do you not think? Ships havent been here years. Since Hms Manchester & lancaster were here about 7 years ago! Stop publishing rubbish