Sailors from minehunter HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the previous Hurworth during the Second World War.
The captain and ship’s company of Hunt-class minehunter HMS Hurworth attended a short service at the war memorial on Southsea Common to remember the 131 sailors who lost their lives in the Aegean Sea.
The previous Hurworth was a Hunt-class escort destroyer, which ran missions to the Greek souther Aegean Islands to create diversions for bigger ships to get through German defences.
On the evening of October 22, 1943, the ship was hit by a German sea mine while going to the aid of the Greek warship Adrias.
Lieutenant Commander Ben Vickery, the commanding officer of HMS Hurworth, said: ‘It is an honour to stand here with my ship’s company and pay respect to those heroes who went before us.
‘It is always a sobering reminder of how much was sacrificed during the Second World War.
‘Today gives us all a chance to make remembrance more personal for us as a crew in our home port.’
In November, some of HMS Hurworth’s crew will travel to the village of Hurworth-on-Tees for remembrance weekend.