VE Day

Royal Navy And RFA Ships To Pay Tribute On VE Day 75

Sailors on board RFA Argus have already marked the anniversary by spelling out '75' on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day by sounding their sirens and shining their searchlights.

Ships deployed across the world will blast their sirens for a minute at 3pm on Friday - the time Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill addressed the nation in 1945.

While at 9:30pm, vessels will point their searchlights to the sky for five minutes to mark the lifting of the nearly six-year blackout.

River-class patrol ship HMS Severn will patrol the White Cliffs of Dover alongside a Spitfire flypast and a lone piper on the clifftop.

The crew of RFA Argus, deployed in the Caribbean, has already paid tribute by spelling out '75' on the flight deck of the ship.

Friday marks 75 years since Victory in Europe (VE) was announced, however, the conflict continued until August 1945 when Japan surrendered to the Allies.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many large-scale events planned for the anniversary, including a parade of Second World War veterans, have been cancelled.

RFA Argus' crew pay tribute in the Caribbean (Picture: Royal Navy).

Under the revised plans, the Queen will lead commemorations with an address to the country, while Sir Winston Churchill's victory speech will also be replayed. 

A nationwide two minutes' silence at 11am will also be observed to remember the more than 400,000 British military personnel and civilians who died during the conflict.

The Navy will also be marking the anniversary on land, with the Royal Marines Corps of Drums putting on a special performance at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Cover image: Crew on board RFA Argus spell out '75' for VE Day (Picture: Royal Navy).