HMS Victory Host to Trafalgar Day Commemoration
The 210th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar was marked with a ceremony on board the Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, yesterday, Oct 21.
The annual Trafalgar Day event commemorates the naval battle which took place at Cape Trafalgar, 1805, in which British vessels were victorious over French and Spanish fleets.
Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, Second Sea Lord, laid a wreath on the brass plaque that marks the spot where Nelson fell, in the ceremony led by the Reverend James Francis RN and Father Charles Bruzon RN.
Vice Admiral Woodcock said:
The Battle of Trafalgar is a significant part of British maritime history. It is therefore extremely important that the Royal Navy continues to mark the occasion, and remember Admiral Nelson along with the sailors who fought with him.
Lieutenant Commander BJ Smith, Victory’s 101st Commanding Officer added:
Taking over Command of HMS Victory this year is a huge privilege and Trafalgar Day is the most important day in our calendar.
Images: Royal Navy/LA(Phot) Jay Allen