Homeward-bound HMS Dragon stops in Malta for Remembrance

Len Chivers, 93, left, from Old Portsmouth and Vic Merry, 92, from Southsea 
Picture: Malcolm Wells (170825-9295)

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ON A rainy Armistice Day, HMS Dragon stopped off in Malta to take on stores for her journey home.

The Portsmouth-based warship is the first Type 45 destroyer to visit the Mediterranean island.

Sailors from HMS Dragon join the remembrance service at Valetta, Malta. Picture: L(Phot) Dave Jenkins

Sailors from HMS Dragon join the remembrance service at Valetta, Malta. Picture: L(Phot) Dave Jenkins

And the visit was especially exciting for one of the officers on board.

Lieutenant Commander Andy Bray, HMS Dragon’s logistics officer, is half Maltese and spent time growing up on the island.

He said: ‘I spent many happy times in Malta as a child, and this was usually on holiday in my grandmother’s flat in St Pauls.

‘I think my mother, who is Maltese, will be most jealous that I have sailed into Valetta – something she has always wanted to do.

‘It is great to be back and especially at this time of Remembrance.’

While on the island the ship’s company took part in a Remembrance Day event.