Navy

Remembrance On Deployment: HMS Argyll Commemorate War Dead

Sailors in the Pacific have held their own remembrance service to remember those killed during the Second World War.

As the nation prepares to fall silent on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, HMS Argyll and her crew have paid their respects to the fallen.

The Type 23 frigate is thousands of miles away from home after being deployed in the Gulf and then the Asia-Pacific where she took part in Exercise Bersama Lima.

But despite not being on home soil since June, the ship and her crew joined in with the rest of the country's commemorations.

Lieutenant Tom Reed, Navigator on HMS Argyll, told Forces News: "The Royal Navy in 2018 is deployed to the far corners of the globe.

"So, it's still very much important to pause and to take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by our forebears wherever we are in the world."

Wreaths were laid during the ceremony (Picture: MOD).
Wreaths were laid during the ceremony (Picture: MOD).

Out in the Pacific, HMS Argyll paused to remember the 840 Royal Navy sailors from HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales who were killed in the same shores in December 1941. The ships were sunk by the Japanese, north of Singapore.

"During Exercise Bersama Lima 18, the ship has been operating in close proximity to the wrecks of HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse," Lieutenant Reed explained.

"We managed to find time during the busy programme to break from the tasking.

"We sailed on top of the wrecks, where we conducted a short remembrance ceremony and a wreath-laying ceremony.

"For the Royal Navy, that marks the single biggest loss during World War Two, so for us, a very poignant occasion."

The ship returns to the UK next year.