PHOTO: HMS Bulwark enters Orkney for Jutland commemoration

Photo: Royal Navy
Photo: Royal Navy

Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark arrived alongside in Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

Fleet flagship HMS Bulwark will be supporting the Jutland 100 national commemorations at Kirkwall and at Lyness Cemetery with her sailors, marines and landing craft playing a key role in the events, as well as supporting the embarked forces.

The Devonport-based amphibious assault ship arrived with the Band of the Royal Marines, Portsmouth (The Royal Band), and the Royal Navy’s ceremonial Royal Guard embarked.

A remembrance service involving about 100 descendants and 400 guests will take place in St Magnus’ Cathedral, Orkney and the subsequent Service of Remembrance at Hoy Naval Cemetery, Lyness will be attended by about 450 people, again including descendants of those who fought.

Captain James Parkin, the Captain of HMS Bulwark said, “I am honoured that HMS Bulwark is able to play such a significant part in the Jutland 100 commemorations, to remember the sacrifice of those before us.”

Prior to arriving in Kirkwall, HMS Bulwark took the opportunity to hold a service of remembrance in Scapa Flow, the anchorage where so much of the British Fleet departed for battle, to mark the centenary.

The solemn ceremony included wreath laying, readings of first hand accounts of the battle from both sides and was attended by over 600 people, including a group of German Navy sailors from the frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein, as well as cadets and dignitaries from Orkney and the Shetland Isles.

Following the Jutland commemorations, the ship will continue preparations to lead the Royal Navy’s Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) deployment later in the year.